A UK teenager has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, and an emerging report links the individual to the recent Rockstar Games breach that resulted in over 90 GTA 6 videos and screenshots being leaked online.
City of London Police confirmed the (opens in a new tab) Twitter that a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire has been arrested as part of an investigation supported by a UK cybercrime unit. No further details have been released other than the fact that the teenager remains in custody, although former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys quote a source (opens in a new tab) saying the arrest relates to a “break-in at Rockstar Games and possibly Uber Technologies,” and that police are expected to provide more details later with a possible FBI statement thereafter.
If you’ve been out of the loop, Uber recently mentioned that it was hacked by the same actor or group behind the GTA 6 leak, and that it’s now working with the FBI and US Department of Justice on their investigation.
“We believe this attacker (or attackers) are affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, which has been increasingly active over the last year or so,” Uber said at the time. “This group typically uses similar techniques to attack technology companies, and in 2022 alone it has breached Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia, and Okta, among others.
“There were also reports over the weekend that video game manufacturer Rockstar Games was raped by this same actor,” he continued. “We are in close coordination with the FBI and the US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts.”
As reported by the BBC (opens in a new tab) in March, an Oxfordshire teenager was accused of being one of the leaders of that hacking group earlier this year. While the City of London Police confirmed at the time that seven teenagers were arrested in connection with Lapsus$, they did not confirm if the aforementioned 17-year-old was one of them.
We have reached out to relevant parties for comment and will update this story if we hear back.
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