Cody Kretsinger (who uses the alias “recursion”), 23, of Pheonix is accused of being a LulzSec member and charged with conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. A suspected Anonymous member described as homeless and living in San Francisco was also arrested this morning.
Search warrants in New Jersey, Minnesota, and Montana have also been issued, and charges against Joshua Covelli, 26, of Ohio and Christopher Doyan (who goes by the handle “Commander X”), 47, of Mountain View, California (who may be the man arrested in San Francisco this morning, it was not clear as of press time) have been secured. Both have been charged with conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer, causing intentional damage to a protected computer, and aiding and abetting.
Kretsinger and Doyon are believed to have been part of a DDoS attack on Santa Cruz County servers in 2010. Kretsinger was specifically singled out as participating in the months-long attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network. Officials say he erased hard drives used to carry out the SQL injection.
The news breaks as Anonymous members are rallying on Wall Street and planning a “Day of Vengeance” for September 24 to protest the “corruption of our financial institutions.” Since the hacktivist groups rose to prominence this year, the corporate and government world have felt their wrath. But they have also become the focus of criminal investigations, and recently international efforts to find and punish the responsible parties have picked up steam.
Check out Kretsinger’s indictment below.