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Hacker Who Hacked Sony Pictures Sentenced to a Year in Jail

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LOS ANGELES - A member of the "LulzSec" hacking group was sentenced to a year today for hacking into the computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment, federal prosecutors state.

Cody Andrew Kretsinger, who used the online moniker "recursion," was ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service and pay $605,663 as restitution by a federal judge, according to authorities.

Court documents show that in late May and early June 2011, the computer system of Sony Pictures were compromised by  a computer hacking group of "LulzSec" or "Lulz Security," whose members anonymously took responsibility for the attack, according to federal authorities.

Kretsinger and others involved stole data on the Internet that included names, addresses and phone numbers and e-mail addresses for tens of thousands of customers.


"Bucket List Bandit" Pleads Guilty to Robbing 11 Banks in 10 States

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ERIE, PA--A former resident of Pensacola, Florida who came to be known as the Bucket List Bandit pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing 11 banks in 10 states, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

Michael Eugene Brewster, 54, used a similar method of operation and entered each bank, without being disguised, wore similar clothes, carried a dark leather notebook, presented demand notes containing similar threatening language to each of the victim tellers, and left the scene driving a 2009 black SUV, which Brewster had stolen in Pensacola, Florida, authorities stated.

In his last bank robbery in Erie on September 10, 2012, federal official stated that Brewster entered the Huntington National Bank, located at 2185 West 12th Street and presented a demand note, claiming that he had a gun and that the teller had one minute to comply, federal officials stated.

Federal authorities stated that Brewster then claimed to the teller that he had cancer and did not care what happened. Brewster obtained bank proceeds and fled the area in a black SUV. Bank surveillance images and images from area surveillance cameras clearly depicted Brewster and the vehicle he used.

A review of Brewster's Florida driver's license confirmed Brewster's identity as the bank robber, officials stated.

Man Who Made Extortion Demand Using Computer Is Facing Prison Sentence

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COLUMBUS--Donald Christopher Dailey, 37, of Delaware, Ohio, pleaded guilty in federal court today to extortion for demanding money from the company where he was the information technology administrator in exchange for not disclosing internal financial and other information, according to law enforcement officials.

Dailey also admitted to hacking into an ex-girlfriend's e-mail account, federal officials state.

Court records indicate that Dailey abruptly resigned from the engineering company where he worked on October 1, 2012.

Employees found a laptop connected to the company network and streaming live e-mail of the company's CEO. The laptop was in Dailey's private and secure workroom, according to federal authorities.

Dailey sent a letter to the CEO claiming that he had knowledge of what he alleged was damaging financial and other information about the company's internal communication that he would disclose to authorities and certain customers unless the CEO and his business partner sat down and talked with him, stated federal officials.

On October 13, officials stated Dailey called the CEO and made an opening demand of 75 percent of the $92,500 expected salary if he had stayed with the company.

FBI agents arrested Dailey on October 16 and searched his residence.

An analysis of Dailey's computer revealed that he had gathered personal information about the company's employees, including everyone's names and salaries, and had stored the data on his personal computer, according to authorities.

The alleged documents or information referenced by Dailey as part of the extortion were not found, officials stated.

Officials state that Dailey also admitted illegally accessing an ex-girlfriend's e-mail and bank accounts from a computer at the engineering company where he worked before he resigned.

Dailey is facing up to two years for extortion and a year for illegally accessing a computer without authorization, federal officials state.


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