One alleged LulzSec hacker, along with a couple of his colleagues from the hacktivist group Anonymous was arrested last week on Thursday.
While both the Anonymous hackers were arrested for allegedly carrying out a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) against the Santa Cruz County servers in late 2010, the suspected LulzSec member has been charged with stealing data from Sony Picture Entertainment a few months back.
It seems that the alleged LulzSec member was using the services of a proxy server in order to preserve his incognito. But, apparently, the same proxy server - dubbed HideMyAss, which he was using, eventually led the investigators straight to him.
Cody Andrew Kretsinger, aged 23- the alleged perpetrator who breached in to Sony Picture Entertainment’s network, used hidemyass.com to hide his IP address during the hack attack.
HideMyAss is a UK based LTD company which complies with UK laws only, and not answerable to the US legal system. The services offered by its proxy servers is massively popular in oppressive regimes such as Iran or Egypt, where many users prefer to hide their identities while roaming in the cyberspace at their will.
"We follow UK law, there isn’t a law that prohibits the use of Egyptians gaining access to blocked websites such as Twitter, even if there is one in Egypt … though there are certainly laws regarding the hacking of government and corporate systems,” the company wrote in a blog post, Examiner (opens in new tab) reports.