The hacker who claimed responsibility for this weekend’s massive leak of Grand Theft Auto 6 footage is now being investigated by the FBI.
The same attacker also said they were behind last week’s hack of ride-hailing app Uber, which provided an update on its own investigations.
“There are also reports over the weekend that the same actor breached video game maker Rockstar Games,” Uber wrote in a recently updated blog. “We are in close coordination with the FBI and the US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts.”
Uber said it believed the person responsible was “affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, which has been increasingly active over the past year or so” and which has similarly breached a list of other tech companies in this year, such as Microsoft, Samsung and Nvidia.
Yesterday, Rockstar issued its own statement regarding the hack and admitted that it suffered a “network intrusion” that resulted in the retrieval of leaked information from its servers.
The GTA maker said it was “extremely disappointed” but that there would be no “long-term effect” on development. No live services such as Grand Theft Auto Online were interrupted.
In March this year, BBC News reported on a 16-year-old from Oxford, known online as ‘White’ or ‘Breachbase’, who was accused of being one of the leaders of the Lapsus$ group.
“White’s” real identity was publicly identified by other hackers and he was one of seven arrested by the City of London police – before all were eventually released under investigation.
“I had never heard of it until recently,” the 16-year-old’s father said at the time. “He’s never talked about any hacking, but he’s very good with computers and spends a lot of time on the computer. I always thought he was playing.
“We’re going to try to stop him from using computers.”