Rockstar Games Hacker Arrested After GTA 6 Leak

Last weekend someone hacked into Rockstar Games and leaked over 90 videos of the still-in-progress Grand Theft Auto 6. Now police from the City of London in the United Kingdom have reportedly arrested the 17-year-old person responsible for the hack.

BBC and the City of London Police’s Twitter account confirmed the arrest took place in Oxfordshire earlier today. The official statement only says that this 17-year-old person has been arrested”on suspicion of hacking, as part of an investigation supported by the NCA UK’s National Cyber ​​Crime Unit,” but journalist Matthew Keys reports that this is the person who leaked Grand Theft Auto 6 after they hacked Rockstar Games (and possibly hacked Uber too).

On Thursday evening 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.

— London Police (@CityPolice) September 23, 2022

Further tweets by Keys also claim that this arrest was made in conjunction with the FBI, who we knew were investigating the hack. More detailed statements from the affected agencies are expected in the coming hours and we will update this post as they arise. The hacker is currently still in custody. Rockstar Games released a statement on the hack Monday, saying it expects no “disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.”

The Grand Theft Auto 6 leak stands alongside Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard as one of the video game industry stories of the year. Not only did it give us a look at an unfinished version of one of the most highly anticipated video games ever, but it sparked a lot of discussion about how games are created and revealed and how many players don’t have the most accurate perception of how game development works. In solidarity with Rockstar, many developers have released early development footage of their games, with incomplete gameplay and visuals.

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