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UK Teen Arrested Over Rockstar Games, Uber Hacks

The City of London Police announced on Friday that a 17-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of hacking, and there are some reports that the suspect is believed to have been involved in the recent cyberattacks targeting Uber and Rockstar Games.

Both companies have confirmed being breached. Uber admitted that a hacker used compromised employee credentials to access internal tools, but downplayed impact, insisting that development systems, user accounts, and sensitive information were not accessed.

In the case of Rockstar, the hacker leaked videos recorded during the development of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 6 game. The video game publisher has officially not released any information about GTA 6.

Authorities in the UK said the suspect, arrested on September 22, is from Oxfordshire and he remains in police custody.

Journalist Matthew Keys reported learning from sources that the unnamed teenager has been arrested over his alleged role in the Rockstar and Uber hacks. He said other arrests are expected and that police in the UK have been working with the FBI.

While Rockstar has not shared any information about the hackers, Uber did say that an attacker or attackers affiliated with the group known as Lapsus$ are believed to be behind the breach.

The Lapsus$ group announced several high-profile hacks earlier this year, including attacks targeting NVIDIA, Microsoft, Okta, Globant, Samsung, Vodafone and Ubisoft.

Shortly after the attacks came to light, authorities in the UK announced the arrests of several alleged members of the group. Some of them have been charged, but released on bail.

Keys reported that the suspect arrested last week was also previously arrested for his role in the Lapsus$ group in connection to the earlier round of attacks.

He is believed to be one of the individuals who was previously charged, possibly a leader of Lapsus$.

When announcing the arrest last week, UK police did say that the suspect has been charged with two counts of breach of bail conditions and two counts of computer misuse.

Related: The Chaos (and Cost) of the Lapsus$ Hacking Carnage

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.