Thursday night’s arrest of a 17-year-old in the UK may have led to the capture of one of the biggest video game-related leakers in recent history.
London Police Forces confirmed their arrest of a suspect from Oxford on a social media channel is regularly used for police arrest updates, and clarified the age of the suspect, a vague charge of “suspected hacking”, and that the investigation was coordinated with the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and specifically its National Crime Unit. Cyber crimes.
That accusation was followed hours later by a report by American freelance journalist Matthew Keys alleging that the arrest directly revolved around the recent theft and distribution of unreleased assets from British video game studio Rockstar North. This report cites “sources” to claim that the FBI was involved in this investigation and that the data seized also included parts of a massive Uber-related breach. Keys’ report, as of press time, has not been corroborated by major US or UK newsrooms.
The game leak in question was one of the most high-profile in recent history, as it essentially contained the world premiere of the highly anticipated video game Grand Theft Auto VI. Until this week’s leak, fans of the series were left with rumors and gossip about its potential setting (a Miami-like city that resembles Vice City from the series) and its leads (a pair of leads from “Bonnie and Clyde”, including the first playable character). woman on a main line GTA play). Both rumors were confirmed by the leak, which Rockstar eventually confirmed was legit and came from a version of the game from 3 years ago.
Before Thursday’s arrest, the GTA VI the game leaker originally claimed to be involved in a recent massive Uber data breachtoo—and Uber publicly blamed the Lapsus$ hacker collective for that intrusion. Previously, at least one Oxford teenager had been linked to Lapsus$ hacking efforts by a bbc report. UK authorities did not confirm the veracity of that report at the time, due to privacy rules on underage suspects. So while the GTA VI the leak could be related to the efforts of Lapsus$, that connection remains unconfirmed at press time.
Dan Goodin of Ars Technica previously reported on Lapsus$ hacking efforts as recounted by members on their official Telegram chat channels. Many of the group’s methods, at least as publicly disclosed, took advantage of vulnerabilities in standard “two-factor” multifactor authentication systems, which typically revolve around less secure backup login options that an attacker can exploit. . the GTA VI The leaker previously suggested they gained unauthorized access to Rockstar’s source code by accessing the company’s Slack chat interface, but at the time of publishing, it’s unclear if this was also a matter of “MFA bombing” to deceive. an employee to inadvertently accept something like a telephone. call notice
Should this week’s Oxford arrest be connected to the GTA VI leak, that timeline would be much faster than what we saw in another memorable European source code leak. German hacker Axel Gembe finally told the story of his apprehension after breaching Valve’s computer systems to download the source code to half life 2. That raid and subsequent arrest took place approximately eight months after the leak was originally reported.