Arizona man charged in Sony hacking case

By the Associated Press | September 22, 2011 | 4:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal agents say they have arrested an Arizona man accused of hacking into the computers of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says 23-year-old Cody Kretsinger was arrested Thursday and was expected to make a court appearance later in the day in Phoenix.

An indictment unsealed Thursday in Los Angeles charges Kretsinger with one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

Sony Pictures computers were compromised earlier this year by a group known as Lulz Security, whose members anonymously claimed responsibility.

The film company has said more than 37,000 users had personally identifiable information stolen.

Authorities say Kretsinger is believed to be a current or former member of LulzSec, which has been linked to other hacking scandals.