Today, London City Police announced they had arrested a 17-year-old from Oxfordshire on Thursday night. While police have not yet confirmed why, the teen has been reported to have been arrested in connection with the recent Uber and… Grand Theft Auto VI leaking. The suspect is currently in custody at the police station.
As reported by The desk and reporter Matthew Keys, the arrest of the suspected 17-year-old GTA hacker by police in the United Kingdom was part of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the British Cyber Crime Unit. It was previously reported that the FBI was likely investigating the recent hacks at Uber and Rockstar Games.
A source told The desk that the teen is being held on numerous charges, including conspiracy to attack at least two different computer systems.Read:How to force restart iPhone 14, recovery mode, and DFU
The teenage hacker arrested in Oxfordshire on Thursday night is believed to be linked to the hacker group”laspus$.This group of hackers is also said to be involved in high-profile digital break-ins at other major companies, including Uber, Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta. The group first appeared in 2021 and hacked into the Brazilian Ministry of Health. The group was thought to have gone inactive, but earlier this month it was said to have ramped up operations again and focused on Uber and Rockstar Games.
The Grand Theft Auto VI leak that occurred over the weekend was one of the biggest video game leaks in history. 90 video files with early development images of the next GTA gamewhich is believed to be GTA VI, were posted on the GTA forums and quickly spread across the internet. The images seemed to confirm previous reports and rumors that GTA VI would be set in Vice City and would star in two different characters, a Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque criminal couple.Read:Expect Samsung’s One UI 5 update to come to these Galaxy devices by year end
On Monday, September 19, after the leak, Rockstar Games confirmed that someone had “illegally” accessed their files and shared them online. It also stated that this leak would not delay production of the game and that it planned to reveal it in a more official manner soon.