Ariz. man pleads guilty in Sony data breach case

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An Arizona college student who was a member of a computer hacking group has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to two federal charges of breaking into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Vandevelde said 24-year-old Cody Krestinger of Tempe, Ariz., entered his plea Thursday to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

He faces up to 15 years in prison when he's scheduled to be sentenced July 26.

Authorities say Sony Pictures computers were compromised last year by a group known as Lulz Security, whose members anonymously claimed responsibility. More than 37,000 of Sony's customers had their information stolen.

The breach caused more than $600,000 in damages.


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