British police have A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Oxfordshire (opens in new tab) As part of an ongoing police hacking investigation.According to sources interviewed by former Reuters reporter Matt Keys, the arrest is directly related to the recent hack of Rockstar Games and the subsequent historic leak of GTA 6 material (opens in new tab)or possibly last week’s hack of Uber.
UPDATE: @CityPolice confirms 17-year-old has been arrested for hacking; sources say the crime is related to hacking Rockstar Games and possibly Uber technology. https://t.co/lLHX2cpGfA $UBERSeptember 23, 2022
The news comes just days after Uber revealed that its systems had been hacked (which the Rockstar hackers also applauded) and was being investigated by the FBI. (opens in new tab)The City of London police arrested the 17-year-old “consistent with an investigation conducted by the FBI,” Case reported. He added that police are expected to release more information on the arrest later today, and a statement from the FBI is also possible.
Earlier this week, Uber said (opens in new tab) It believes the hacking of its systems was carried out by individuals or groups “affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$”, which has also been linked to attacks on major companies such as Microsoft (opens in new tab), Samsung and Cisco. Those suspicions may be well-founded: Keys sources say the detained suspect “is believed to be associated with a group calling itself ‘Lapsus$’.”
There is a history between Lapsus$ and teenage hackers. It wasn’t until March of this year that a 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being a “multimillionaire cybercriminal” and the group’s leader. It is unclear if the arrest is related to the arrest.
These are all details that have already been made public, pending further statements from UK authorities or the FBI, but it is worth noting that the details of the arrest are very close to the suspicions and allegations raised by previous reports of the Rockstar hack. .
While it is easy to draw conclusions, details remain scant and the arrested teen has not yet been charged. It is also unknown whether these hackers are the result of a lone wolf or a group of hackers. Someone claiming (quite convincing) to be behind the Uber hack (hence the Rockstar leak, if the same person behind both) says they’re only 18, According to the New York Times (opens in new tab)It’s almost unbelievable that teens can lie about their age (or be responsible for something they didn’t do), but it underscores how many details are still murky at such an early stage.