The hacker group involved in the large-scale Grand Theft Auto 6 leak and recent Uber cyberattack is being investigated by the FBI and DOJ.
After the large-scale Grand Theft Auto 6 leak that rocked the gaming community over the weekend, the hackers believed to be behind the attack are being investigated by the FBI and the US Department of Justice in collaboration with Uber. Uber was hit by a similar security breach to Rockstar this past weekend and is working with authorities to find the Lapsus$ hacking group believed to be responsible for the hack. Grand Theft Auto 6 leak and the Uber hack.
As gamers know, on Sunday, September 18, a mountain of videos showing footage of Grand Theft Auto 6’s development flooded social media after it was initially posted on the forums. GTA. The characters, the setting, the combat and the AI are all included in the 90 videos stolen from Rockstar’s Slack channels. Following the cyberattack, Rockstar Games released a statement confirming those leaks are real and saying that this will not disrupt the development of Grand Theft Auto 6 or GTA’s ongoing live service. 5 in any capacity.
However, Rockstar Games isn’t the only company hit by a cybersecurity attack this weekend. Ride-sharing service provider Uber was also the subject of a cyber attack on September 18, with hackers gaining access to the company’s Slack channels in much the same way they did. with Rockstar Games. Uber believes that the Lapsus$ hacking group is behind both attacks, as evidenced by similar tactics used to break into each company’s networks, and they are not the only victims as these are just incidents. The lawsuit follows a series of security breaches by Microsoft and Nvidia this year that this hacker group is also behind. Uber’s recent blog post states that the company is working with the FBI and the US Department of Justice to locate hackers or suspected hackers and bring them to justice.
Earlier this year, seven people linked to Lapsus$, aged 16-21, were arrested in the UK following the previously mentioned hacks on Microsoft and Nvidia. According to BBC, this hacker group is said to be based in South America and they are growing bigger and bigger as time goes on. The recent leaks of Grand Theft Auto 6 may be one of the most famous security breaches the team has committed as it goes viral on social media very quickly, however previous attacks on Samsung, Okta, and Cisco were enough to bring this group to the attention of many cybersecurity centers in the face of this most recent string of attacks.
Regarding Grand Theft Auto 6, leaks have confirmed longtime reports that the game will feature dual protagonists and will return to Tommy Vercetti’s Vice City area. Alarmingly, the hacker claims to have the source code for GTA 6 and GTA 5 and is said to be willing to resell it for no less than 5 figures. With Rockstar claiming that this leak won’t slow down development time and the hacker behind the attack appearing to be relatively quiet, this could suggest that the hacker may not actually have access to the source code. at all, or an implicit transaction has been completed. Hopefully, these leaks will not affect GTA 6 too much.
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