Recently a Northern California district court http://www.sonyrumors.net/2012/04/05/court-sides-sony-terms-of-service/ with Sony (PDF
) on their TOS change
requiring disputes to be resolved through arbitration, while LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger
pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.
To quote from TechDirt.com (linked above): "Some folks were not at all happy about this and sought to file a class action lawsuit against Sony for the change -- but that lawsuit has been (pretty quickly) http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2012/04/court_rejects_c_2.htm by the court, suggesting that the main guy suing failed to show evidence of any harm.
In an interesting move, the court found that the fact that you lost access to the network if you didn't agree to the new terms isn't evidence of any harm, but rather a choice."
Also from http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/5/2928234/lulzsec-hacker-pleads-guilty-sony-playstation-security-breach on the LulzSec Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking last year, to quote: "An accused member of Anonymous offshoot LulzSec has pleaded guilty to participating in an extensive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2011.
Reuters has http://news.yahoo.com/accused-lulzsec-hacker-pleads-guilty-sony-hacking-case-174157263.html that in a deal with prosecutors, Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. We still don't have any information on the deal, but it was apparently enough to get him to reverse an earlier "not guilty" plea.
Kretsinger, allegedly known as "recursion" within LulzSec, was accused last year of obtaining information from Sony and passing it along to other members. Kretsinger was the first alleged member of LulzSec to be apprehended, a list that is now significantly longer after last month's arrests."
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