September 23, 2011, 1:26 PM — The FBI has arrested a 23-year-old man it accuses of being LulzSec member "Recursion," for his alleged involvement in one of many attacks on Sony in April and May.
Two others were also arrested in Mountain View, Calif. for DDOS attacks on Santa Cruz County servers in late 2010.
The alleged LulzSec'er is Cody Kretsinger, a Phoenix resident living in California, who the FBI accuses of taking part in one of many cracks of Sony sites – in this case using a SQL injection attack to penetrate and download from Sony servers lists of customer names, emails and other information that could be used in identity theft.
The FBI tracked Kretsinger through the user logs at web proxy provider Hidemyass.com, a commercial VPN proxy service he allegedly used to mask his IP address and identity.
He was arraigned yesterday on charges of conspiracy and impairment of a protected computer, which carry a maximum penalty of 15 years.
The other two men arrested are believed to be Christopher Doyon, 47, of Mountain View Calif. and Joshua Covelli, 26, of Fairborn, Ohio, both of whom are named in a separate indictment for the DDOS attack on Santa Cruz county government offices.
Doyon and Covelli are allegedly members of another Anonymous spinoff group called the People's Liberation Front – a subgroup of what some Anonymi call "the hive mind" that is more overtly political and was among the leaders in efforts to create anonymous sites on which hackers could post stolen confidential government data in an effort to give the public a clearer view of what various government agencies are up to.
PLF lists itself as being allied with established and respected hacking groups including the Chaos Computer Club, Cult of the Dead Cow, Pirate Party International and Global Liberation Network as well as Anonymous.
There hasn't been much response from various Anon news sources, which flooded the 'net with tweets ridiculing British and U.S. authorities for arresting the "wrong" people in a sweep that netted 16 in the U.S. and U.K.
Soon after the same sites began posting FreeTopiary banners in support of 19-year-old Jake Davis, alleged to be Topiary – LulzSec's spokes-troll and second in command.