London police, assisted by Britain’s National Cyber Crime Unit, have arrested a still-unnamed 17-year-old allegedly living in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, according to a tweet posted by the City of London Police Friday morning.
While police haven’t released any details about the person in custody yet, technology journalist Matthew Keys says 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 allegedly claimed responsibility for the Uber hack that gave a black hat access to internal Uber Slack and the company’s websites.
Uber wrote Monday that the hack was probably carried out by LAPSUS$. The hacking group has been linked to multiple hacks by major companies, including Microsoft and Samsung, and is believed to have even infiltrated US law enforcement databases.
Keys wrote that both London police and possibly the FBI are expected to provide more details later in the day. Not much more has been confirmed about the person in custody, although previous reports from Bloomberg noted that cybersecurity researchers tracked a series of hacks linked to the teen hacker group LAPSUS$ to a then 16-year-old who was at his mother’s house nearby. from Oxford lived in the UK. The report also noted that this British teen was apparently connected to a fellow youth in Brazil.
In April, London police announced they had arrested two other teens linked to LAPSUS$, but that didn’t stop the group from going ahead and attacking major tech companies and governments at lightning speed. LAPSUS$ hackers are not only willing to pay enough for the data theft as a reward, but have taunted their victims via internal messengers, via Slack and even participated in Zoom calls to taunt the people who try to repair the damage caused by the hacks. recover, according to the researchers quoted by Bloomberg.
This is an ongoing story and we will update this post when we hear more.