Report: A 17-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being a hacker behind the GTA VI leak

Report: A 17-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being a hacker behind the GTA VI leak ...

The 17-year-old from Oxfordshire was arrested Thursday night by London City Police. While the authorities have yet to confirm why, it has been reported that the teen was apprehended in connection with the recent Uber and Grand Theft Auto VI leaks. The suspect is still in police custody at this time.

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According to The Deskand reporter Matthew Keys, the arrest of the suspected 17-year-old GTA hacker by police in the United Kingdom is part of a joint investigation between the FBI and the UKs Cyber Crime Unit. Previously, it was believed that the FBI was likely to investigate recent Uber and Rockstar Games breaches.

A source told The Desk that the teenager is being tried on many charges, including conspiracy to infiltrate at least two different computer systems.

The teenage hacker who was apprehended Thursday evening in Oxfordshire is linked to the Laspus$ hacker group, which has also been linked to numerous high-profile digital intrusions at other big corporations such as Uber, Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, and Okta. The group first appeared in 2021, hacking Brazil's Ministry of Health, but earlier this month it reportedly increased its activities and targeted Uber and Rockstar Games.

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The Grand Theft Auto VI leak that occurred over the weekend was one of the most extensive video game leaks in history. 90 video clips displaying early development footage of the next GTA game, which is assumed to be GTA VI, were uploaded on the GTA Forums and quickly spread across the internet. The footage seemed to confirm previous speculation that GTA VI would be set in Vice City and would feature two different characters, a Bonnie-and-Clyde-like criminal couple.

Rockstar Games announced that after the leak, someone had unlawfully gained access to its records and shared them online. It stated that this violation would not stymie the game's production, and that it would release it in a more official manner shortly.