On September 23, London Metropolitan Police announced they had arrested a 17-year-old from Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking. It has been reported that the teenager has been arrested in connection with the recent Grand Theft Auto VI leaks and is being held on numerous charges related to breaking into two different computer systems.
One of the biggest video game leaks in history happened last weekend when the servers of Rockstar Games and Take Two Interactive, developers of the video game series Grand Theft Auto, were hacked. Ninety files showing the early development of a new Grand Theft Auto game were posted to the GTA Forums by a person calling himself “teapotuberhacker” or “Tea Pot” and subsequently circulated across the internet. On September 19, Rockstar confirmed that it “suffered a network breach where an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information. . . including early development material for the next Grand Theft Auto.”
“Tea Pot” then attempted to sell certain confidential Rockstar business information online, offering the source code for Grand Theft Auto V for five Bitcoin ($95,703.00 at the time of this writing). At the same time, “Tea Pot” tried to contact Rockstar and Take Two to negotiate a deal. As this unfolded, a cottage industry of “tea pot” impersonators sprung up online trying to cash in independently.
The person arrested in Oxfordshire is believed to be linked to the Laspus$ hacker group, which is said to have been involved in high-profile hacks of other major companies including Uber, Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta. The FBI and US Department of Justice have worked with both Rockstar and Uber in connection with these break-ins and these investigations led to the teenager’s arrest in Oxfordshire. It is not known if the teenager will be tried in the UK or the US; Sources with knowledge have said additional suspects may be arrested soon.