The teenage hacker who infiltrated Rockstar Games’ servers earlier in September reportedly sold the source code for Grand Theft Auto V before his arrest.
According to a Reddit post, 17-year-old hacker Teapot sold the stolen source code for Rockstar’s best-selling video game on a Telegram group. The administrator of the unnamed group posted a screenshot showing the buyer of the code trying to resell it. The buyer’s message said they bought the code from Teapot hours after the hacker breached Rockstar’s servers and attached an image showing part of the source code to prove their authenticity. If resold and published, Grand Theft Auto V would be significantly compromised, with modders and pirates able to manipulate the game extensively. Although the ramifications of this in the game’s single player mode are not that profound, Rockstars are popular and widely played GTA Online is built on Grand Theft Auto Vwhich means that serious problems can arise if hackers obtain the source code.
Hacker Teapot was arrested at their home in Oxfordshire earlier this month for their role in hacking several major companies such as Rockstar, Uber and Microsoft. Part of the hacker group Laspus$ notoriously leaked over 90 videos of the pirate Grand Theft Auto VI, showing a preview version of the game full of bugs and broken physics. Although the videos were of low quality, they confirmed some rumored details, e.g GTA VI‘s inclusion of a female protagonist and the game’s Vice City setting.
The breach was one of the biggest in recent memory, prompting Rockstar to issue a statement condemning the leak, saying it was “extremely disappointed” that the footage was the first thing fans had seen. GTA VI. After revealing that the hacker had not only targeted Rockstar, but other companies, the FBI said it would investigate Laspus$ for its role in the various unauthorized disclosures.
Rockstar confirmed that the development of Grand Theft Auto VI was “well underway” in February 2022, much to the delight of fans who have been waiting for official confirmation of the game’s existence after years of rumors and teasing. Despite news of an upcoming sequel, Grand Theft Auto V has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Originally released in 2013 on Xbox 360 and PS3, Rockstar ported the game to three generations of consoles and continuously supported the multiplayer component, GTA Online.
Since its release, Grand Theft Auto V has sold more than 170 million copies, making it the second best-selling game in history.