Rivera has been charged with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer for his alleged part in hacking Sony Pictures back in mid-2011.
Arrested in Tempe, Arizona, Rivera surrendered less than a week after a federal grand jury issued an indictment. The hacker is said to have worked alongside Cody Kretsinger, another hacker who plead guilty to charges in April and will be sentenced in October.
In June of last year, LulzSec took credit for attacking Sony Pictures using an SQL injection. The group stole 1 million user accounts, including unencrypted data like passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.
That attack followed the take down of the PlayStation Network, and the robbery of 100 million user accounts and personal information. LulzSec did not take credit for that hit, one of the largest in history.
Rivera, who went by "royal" and "wildicv," could face up to 15 years in prison.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Aug 2012 1:56