A 17-year-old has been arrested by the City of London police on suspicion of hacking and is still in custody.
The teenager is believed to be responsible for the attack on video game development studio Rockstar Games last week.
On Sunday, September 18, 2022, someone released nearly a hundred videos online from the upcoming Rockstar game, GTA 6.
They obtained the footage by hacking into the studio’s database, Rockstar confirmed.
On Monday, Rockstar released a statement confirming the source of the leaks and saying the incident will not slow down the game’s development.
It read: “We recently had a network intrusion where an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our system.
“[This is] including early development footage of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto.”
Rockstar then teamed up with tech company Uber, assuming the attack came from the same actor who hacked into the company earlier this month.
Uber released a statement announcing the partnership and confirming that the FBI and the US Department of Justice are now involved.
It reads: “There were reports this weekend that the same actor had hacked video game maker Rockstar Games.
“We are working closely with the FBI and the US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts.”
However, the latest clue in the case suggests that the hack was carried out in England, not the US.
Today (September 23) at 1:00 PM, the City of London police announced on Twitter that a 17-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of hacking.
The tweet reads: “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 National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) .
“He remains in police custody.”
Journalist Matthew Keys has since reported that a source has confirmed to him that “the crime is related to breaking into Rockstar Games and possibly Uber Technologies.”
London police have not publicly confirmed whether the teen arrested last night is related to the GTA case.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.
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