UK police arrest 17-year-old on suspicion of hacking

A hooded man holds a laptop as cyber code is projected onto him in this illustration photo, taken May 13, 2017. Colonial Pipeline, the chief executive of the US fuel pipeline, has shut down its entire network following a cyber attack, the company said Friday. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/

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LONDON, Sept. 23 (Reuters) – British police have arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, as part of an investigation supported by the National Cyber ​​Crime Unit (NCCU), City of London police said on Twitter on Friday.

The man was arrested Thursday evening and is still in custody, the statement said.

Police have been investigating the “Lapsus$” hacking group, which taxi company Uber Technologies said was responsible for a cyberattack that forced it to temporarily shut down some internal networks earlier this month. read more

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Police could not confirm whether the arrest was related to that investigation.

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The Uber hacker, who goes by the name “teapotuberhacker”, is also said to have leaked early gameplay footage of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc’s highly anticipated game “Grand Theft Auto VI”.

In April, the City of London police subpoenaed two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, in connection with a hacking investigation.

They were released on bail ahead of a trial scheduled for July 2023.

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Reporting by Farouq Suleiman and Paul Sandle; adaptation by William James and Alex Richardson

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