ROCKSTAR Games, developer of the Grand Theft Auto series, experienced a hack in which almost a hundred videos were stolen from GTA 6 and illegally uploaded to the internet.
The case isn’t closed yet, but here’s everything we know about the hack so far:
How did someone steal videos from GTA 6?
After the leak, Rockstar released a statement on the events.
It states: “We recently suffered a network breach where an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our system, including early development material for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto.”
The company has partnered with tech company Uber, which experienced a hack earlier this month.
Uber released a statement, saying, “Over the weekend there were reports that the same actor injured video game maker Rockstar Games.”
The companies involved the FBI and the US Department of Justice in the investigation.
Uber was compromised when a hacker obtained the password for a contractor’s Slack account.
Slack is a messaging service that a number of companies use to contact employees.
After numerous attempts, the contractor accepted the login attempt via the two-factor authentication system.
From here, they could access other employees’ accounts with higher privileges.
It’s unclear if they used similar means to bypass Rockstar Games’ security as well.
Who is the GTA 6 hacker?
To date, no one has been convicted of the Rockstar Games security breach.
However, City of London Police have announced they have arrested a 17-year-old from Oxfordshire on suspicion of a hacking offence.
While police have not confirmed that the arrest is related to the Rockstar case, journalist Matthew Keys reported that sources close to him have linked the two.
The teenager was taken into custody and appeared at Highbury Corner Youth Court on Saturday September 24.
He was charged with two counts of bail violation and two counts of computer abuse.
How long will the alleged GTA 6 hacker serve in jail if convicted?
Large-scale hacking cases involving teenagers have been brought to court in the UK in the past.
The person who hacked Rockstar Games is believed to be a member of the Lapsu$ hacking group.
Lapsu$ members infiltrated the security of major technology companies such as Microsoft and Nvidia over the past year.
In April, British police arrested seven people aged 16 to 21 from across the UK, charging them with links to Lapsu$ and the hacks.
Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, have been charged in connection with the Highbury Corner Youth Court case and have been released on bail on certain conditions.
This case is ongoing and no convictions have been made.
In another hacking case in 2016, several people alleged to have ties to the Crackas with Attitude group were arrested on suspicion of hacking accounts linked to members of the FBI and NASA.
A 16-year-old was arrested in connection with the case and was tried as a minor.
Justin Liverman, then 23, was convicted in connection with the case and sentenced to five years in prison.
If the offender is tried as an adult, the maximum penalty for breaching bail conditions in the UK is six months in prison or a fine.
The maximum adult penalty for computer abuse is 14 years in prison.
What impact will the hack have on the release of GTA 6?
Rockstar has announced that the leak will not affect the development of the upcoming GTA game.
In a statement, Rockstar said, “At this point in time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services, nor any long-term impact on the development of our ongoing projects.
“Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game continues as planned, and as always, we are committed to providing you, our players, with an experience that truly exceeds your expectations.”
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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