London police, assisted by Britain’s National Cyber Crime Unit, arrested a still-unnamed 17-year-old Reportedly living in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, according to a tweet posted by the City of London Police Friday morning.
While police haven’t released any details about the person in custody yet, technology journalist Matthew Keys says wrote based on unknown sources that the 17-year-old was arrested over the Rockstar hack that leaked early images of Grand Theft Auto 6 and threatened the source code of the game. The hacker also reportedly claimed responsibility for the Uber hack that gave a black hat access to the internal Uber Slack and the company’s websites.
Uber wrote on Monday that the hack was probably performed by LAPSUS$. The hack group is connected to multiple hacks from big companies including Microsoft and Samsung, and the group even reportedly infiltrated US law enforcement databases.
Keys wrote that both London police and possibly the FBI are expected to provide more details later in the day. Not much more has been confirmed about the person in custody, although previous reports of Bloomberg noted that cybersecurity researchers tracked a series of hacks related to the teen hacker group LAPSUS$ to a then 16-year-old who lived in his mother’s home near Oxford in the UK. The report also noted that this British teen was apparently connected to a fellow youth in Brazil.
In April, London Police announced they arrested two other teens linked to LAPSUS$, but that still didn’t stop the group from going ahead and attacking major tech companies and governments at lightning speed. LAPSUS$ hackers are not only willing to pay enough for the data theft as a reward, but have taunted their victims via internal messengers, via Slack and even participated in Zoom calls to taunt the people who try to repair the damage caused by the hacks. recover, according to the researchers quoted by Bloomberg.
This is an ongoing story and we will update this post when we hear more.