Cody Kretsinger of the U.S. charged in Sony hacking

A man was arrested and charged Thursday in connection with the breach of computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment early this summer in which more than 37,000 users had their information stolen.

Cody Kretsinger, 23, of Tempe, Arizona, was arrested and expected to make a court appearance later Thursday in a Phoenix courtroom.

An indictment unsealed in Los Angeles charged Kretsinger with one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. If convicted of both counts, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Japan: Legislation criminalizing computer viruses passed

The Diet on Friday enacted legislation to criminalize the creation of computer viruses as part of Japan’s efforts to establish domestic laws urged by the Convention on Cybercrime, an international treaty aiming to improve the investigation of cybercrime. With the bill to revise the Penal Code passing the House of Councillors by an overwhelming majority, the government will begin the process of officially joining the treaty. Under the revised Penal Code, a person who creates a computer virus without a reasonable cause could be sentenced to up to three years in prison or fined as much as 500,000 yen.

Sony Hackers Arrested

Spanish police said Friday they arrested three people suspected of launching denial of service attacks against the websites of Sony Corp. and other companies, as well as those of several governments. The police denied the suspects may be linked to the recent data breach of personal information of more than 100 million accounts at Sony, mainly of users of its PlayStation Network services, according to the Associated Press. It was also reported that no evidence had been found indicating the suspects stole classified information.

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