LulzSec member Raynaldo Rivera known by the online monikers “neuron”, “royal” and “wildicv” plead guilty on Thursday, October 11th to one count of conspiracy to knowingly and intentionally cause damage to a protected computer. He admitted to charges that he and other members working as LulzSec caused the “transmission of a program, information, code, and command, and as a result of such conduct, would and did intentionally cause damage.”
Rivera said during his plea, “I joined Lulzsec and conspired to attack Sony Pictures and carried out the act of accessing Sony Pictures database.” Rivera faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail with a 3 year supervised release and a potential $250,000 fine. Sony claims the activity caused damages in excess of $600,000.
Rivera is 20 years old and currently lives in Arizona, but entered his plea in United States District Court in Los Angeles.
The indictment alleges Sony’s computer systems were compromised from May to June of 2011 by members of LulzSec. Rivera allegedly used a proxy server to mask his is IP address, obtained – along with co-conspirators – information through an SQL injection and then distributed that information to other members of LulzSec.
Sentencing is currently scheduled for Thursday, March 14th, 2013.