British police arrest teenager suspected of Uber, GTA 6 hack • TechCrunch
Police in London have confirmed that a 17-year-old teenager, who is suspected of involvement in high-profile breaches of giant Uber and Rockstar Games, has been charged with multiple counts of computer misuse and breaching bail.
The suspect, whose name was not released due to UK reporting restrictions on identifying non-adults, was arrested in Oxfordshire on September 22 as part of an investigation by the City of London Police, which focuses primarily on financial crime, and supported by Britain’s National Crime Agency.
“Police in London arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire [on September 22] on suspicion of hacking, as part of an investigation supported by the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU),” said Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan of the City of London Police’s Cyber Crime Unit. – He has been charged in connection with this investigation and is still in police custody.
Police declined to say what incident the teenager’s arrest was related to.
Uber said last week it believes a hacker affiliated with the Lapsus$ hacking group was responsible for the recent cyberattack, which forced the company to take several of its internal tools offline while it expelled the hacker from the network. The transportation giant said the breach may have been carried out by the same hacker who also hacked Rockstar Games, the video game publisher behind the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6, resulting in the release of dozens of videos containing unreleased footage and gameplay.
Several posts on GTAForums, an online fan forum for the Grand Theft Auto franchise, by a user who goes by the handle “teapotuberhacker,” claimed to be the same person responsible for Uber’s breach.
While the teenager’s identity remains unknown – and likely will for many months – the latest charges are believed to be linked to earlier arrests in March, which saw City of London police arresting seven people aged between 16 and 21 for suspected links to the Lapsus$ hacking group . Lapsus$ was blamed for breaches at Okta, Microsoft, Nvidia and Samsung earlier this year.
Several of the arrested persons were released on bail under certain conditions.
At the time, Bloomberg reported that a then 16-year-old teenager based in Oxfordshire, UK was suspected of being the mastermind of the Lapsus$ hacking group. Four researchers who investigated the gang’s recent hacks said they believed the teenager, who uses the online name “White” or “Breachbase,” was a leading figure in Lapsus$. Bloomberg tracked down the suspected hacker after his personal information was doxxed online, allegedly by rival hackers.