A 17-year-old boy has been arrested by British police and charged with hacking. If the police do not specify which hacks are concerned, it seems that it is those of Uber and Rockstar Games and that the teenager is attached to the group Lapsus$.
British police have arrested a suspect in connection with the cyberattacks of Uber and Rockstar Games, a studio that had the source code of GTA VI stolen. She announced on September 24, 2022 that she had charged a teenager with violating his parole and two hacks. The message is evasive, but it seems that the 17-year-old is implicated in the two aforementioned hacks.
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The suspect was arrested and placed on sight on 22 September in Oxfordshire as part of investigations by the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) which is attached to the National Crime Agency (NCA). While the identity of the arrested teenager has not been disclosed, the latest charges against him are believed to be linked to arrests in March. On this occasion, London police said they had arrested seven people aged between 16 and 21 for alleged links to the Lapsus$ group.
Uber said last week that it believes the Lapsus$ group is behind the cyberattack it suffered. “This group typically uses similar techniques to target tech companies and, in 2022 alone, has hacked Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta,” the ride-hailing company writes. There have also been reports over the weekend that this same actor hacked into the video game studio Rockstar Games.” The Lapsus$ group steals login credentials to access the IT systems of targeted companies and steal sensitive data. Then, this information is broadcast on his Telegram channel.
The ride-hailing company, which was forced to shut down several of its internal tools during the hack, added that it was collaborating with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice.