A 17-year-old is being held by police in the UK on suspicion of hacking. Reports say that the arrest has something to do with the hacking of Rockstar Games, which led to a significant leak of Grand Theft Auto VI. The person may have also broken into Uber.
According to the sources of journalist Matthew Keys, the arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the City of London Police, the UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit, and the FBI. Keys said that the police or the FBI would talk more about the arrest later today. The City of London Police told Engadget, “At this stage, we have no more information to share.”
UPDATE: The 17-year-old hacking suspect was arrested in Oxfordshire and is believed to be connected to a group identifying itself as "Lapsus$," a group that organizes primarily via Telegram channels.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) September 23, 2022
On the evening of Thursday 22 September 2022, the City of London Police arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, as part of an investigation supported by the @NCA_UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).
He remains in police custody. pic.twitter.com/Zfa3OlDR6J
— City of London Police (@CityPolice) September 23, 2022
The GTA VI leak is undoubtedly one of the biggest in the history of video games. Last weekend, the hacker released a lot of footage from a test build of the game, one of the year’s most-anticipated games. Rockstar usually doesn’t say much about how its games are made, but the company said that the leak was real on Monday. It said that the incident won’t affect work on the game and that when the next game in the blockbuster series is ready, fans will be “properly introduced” to it.
This month, there was also a security breach at Uber. This week, the company said that the hacker in question didn’t get into user accounts. As of Monday, however, the company was still trying to figure out how bad the intrusion was. Uber also reported that the Rockstar hack might have been done by the same person or group. It also said that the person who did it might be part of the Lapsus$ hacking group.
One of the leaders of Lapsus$ is said to live in Oxfordshire, where the 17-year-old was arrested. In March, BBC News said that researchers and hackers had found that a 16-year-old from Oxford (who may have turned 17 since then) was part of the group. In the same month, City of London Police arrested seven teens who were said to be connected to Lapsus$, but it wasn’t clear if the Oxford teen was one of them. Lapsus$ has also gone after Microsoft, Okta, and T-Mobile, among others.