London Police have arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of hacking, with sources claiming it’s the same person behind the GTA 6 leaks.
It was very quickly obvious that whoever was responsible for the GTA 6 hacking incident was very naïve and probably quite young (and also probably British, given their obsession with teapot related nicknames).
It’s still not confirmed whether that is the case, but City of London Police say they have arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, although they don’t specify what they’ve hacked.
However, sources claim that the arrest is related to the hack at Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games, with the same person also being linked to an incident at Uber.
American journalist Matthew Keys is the one claiming the connection to Rockstar, but all the police are saying at the moment is that the youth remains in custody.
Keys suggests that the FBI will make a statement later today in the US, although again there’s no mention of FBI involvement in the current police statement.
Early rumours had already suggested that the hacker was a young British man, although more recent speculation had suggested he was part of the hacker group Lapsus$, which the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice were already attempting to shut down.
Considering the hacker also tried to blackmail Rockstar Games, so as not to release the game’s source code (all for a laughably low five-figure sum) he is going to be in a great deal of trouble once law enforcement catches up with him.
Although the leak revealed few crucial game details it has clearly shaken Rockstar, who made a rare public statement about the leak and insisted that it would not slow down development of the game.
More recently they also started switching off comments on YouTube and Twitter, after already banning mention of GTA 6 from their Twitch chat.
Although police still haven’t confirmed that the person they’ve arrested is the one responsible for the GTA 6 leak, newly released information makes it sound even more likely.
The unnamed teenager has been charged with ‘two counts of breach of bail conditions and two counts of computer misuse.’
Rather than the naïve youth that they may originally have seemed, the rumoured suspect has already been in court over hacking Microsoft and Samsung, so if this is the same person they are in deep trouble now.
Whoever it is that’s been arrested, they’re set to appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court on Saturday, September 24.
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