Teen Arrested Reportedly in Connection With Rockstar Games Hack

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London police announced they arrested a teenager in connection with cyber crimes, but reports note he is somehow connected with the recent GTA VI hack.
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London cops, assisted by the UK’s National Cyber ​​Crime Unit, arrested a still-unnamed 17-year-old reportedly living in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, according to a tweet posted by the City of London Police Friday morning.

Though cops have yet to provide any details about the person in custody, tech journalist Matthew Keys wrote based on unknown sources that the 17-year-old was arrested over the Rockstar hack that leaked early footage of Grand Theft Auto 6 and threatened to leak the game’s source code. The hacker also reportedly claimed responsibility for the Uber hack that allowed a black hat access to the internal Uber Slack and the company’s websites.

Uber wrote on Monday that its hack was likely performed by LAPSUS$. The hacking group has been connected to multiple hacks of major companies including Microsoft and Samsung, and the group had even reportedly infiltrated US law enforcement databases.

Keys wrote that both London police and possibly the FBI are expected to offer more details later today. Not much more is confirmed about the person in custody, though previous reports from Bloomberg noted cybersecurity researchers tracked a string of hacks connected to the teen hacker group LAPSUS$ to a then-16-year-old living in his mother’s house near Oxford in the UK. The report also noted this UK teenager was apparently connected with a fellow young person in Brazil.

Back in April, London police announced they arrested two other teenagers connected to LAPSUS$, but still didn’t stop group from moving on and attacking major tech companies and like that with blistering speed. Not just willing to let the data theft be reward enough, LAPSUS$ hackers have taunted their victims through internal messengers, through Slack and even joined Zoom calls to taunt the folks trying to the damage caused by the hacks, according to the researchers cited by Bloomberg.

This is an ongoing story and we will update this post when we hear more.

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