Update: The 17-year-old British teenager that was reportedly arrested in connection to the recent GTA 6 hacks at Rockstar Games has now been formally charged. Thought to be associated with the Lapsus$ hacking group, the minor – known as "A.K." due to his age – is thought to have hacked Microsoft, Nvidia and Uber also.
The alleged leaker has now been charged with "two counts of violating his bail and two counts of violating Britain’s computer misuse law," according to journalist Matthew Keys (via The Desk (opens in new tab)). The teen is expected to remain in custody, however, a source believes two others were involved with the hacks and more arrests are expected, though no timeline was given.
UPDATE: I've confirmed the 17-year-old arrested in Oxfordshire for the cyber attack on Rockstar and Uber is the same teenager that was arrested earlier this year for hacking Microsoft and Nvidia. The teen associates with a group called "Lapsus$." Additional arrests expected.September 24, 2022
Original Story: The hacker that leaked footage of Grand Theft Auto 6 has reportedly been arrested by police.
As first reported by the BBC (opens in new tab), a 17-year-old teenager in Oxfordshire has been arrested as part of an inquiry, supported by the UK's National Cyber Crime Unit. No details about the investigation were initially disclosed, however, former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys (opens in new tab) has now claimed that the GTA 6 leak – where 90 videos of Rockstar's upcoming game were uploaded to the web – is connected to the arrest.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Rockstar's elusive hacker was now under investigation by the FBI in connection with the Uber breach that took place the week prior. The person is alleged to be a part of Lapsus$, a known hacking group.
T3 has reached out to Rockstar Games for comment.
UPDATE: @CityPolice confirm 17-year-old arrested over hacking incident; source says the crime is related to intrusion on Rockstar Games and possibly Uber Technologies. https://t.co/lLHX2cpGfA $UBERSeptember 23, 2022
"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," said The City of London Police (via Twitter (opens in new tab)). "He remains in police custody."
More details are expected to be released later today with a statement potentially coming from the FBI, according to the report.
If you missed the original news: Rockstar officially confirmed that someone leaked footage of GTA 6 on September 18th, 2022. This included early development gameplay of the main characters, animations, location (which appears to be Vice City / Miami), gun combat, voice work and more.
"We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorised third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto," the company said in a statement shortly afterwards.
GTA 6 was first announced to be in "active development" in February, almost nine years after the release of Grand Theft Auto V. A number of Rockstar employees then shared their thoughts on when a release date for GTA 6 might actually happen.
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