Police in London have confirmed a 17-year-old teenager who is suspected of involvement in high-profile offences rides hailing the giant Uber and Rockstar Gamesis charged with multiple counts of computer abuse and breach of warranty.
The suspect, who has not been named due to UK reporting restrictions on identifying minors, was arrested in Oxfordshire on September 22 as part of a City of London Police investigation that focused mainly on financial crime and supported from the UK National Crime Agency.
“City of London Police arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire [on September 22] on suspicion of hacking as part of an investigation supported by the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) of the National Crime Agency (NCA),” said Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan of London Police’s cyber crime unit. “He has been charged in connection with this investigation and remains in police custody.”
The police refused to say what incident the teenager was arrested for.
Uber said last week it believed a hacker linked to the Lapsus$ hacking group was responsible for the his recent cyberattack, which forced the company to take several of its internal tools offline while it kicked the hacker out of its network. The transportation giant said its breach may have been carried out by the same hacker also hacked Rockstar Gamesthe video game publisher behind the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6which led to the release of dozens of videos containing unreleased footage and gameplay.
Several posts on GTAForums, an online fan forum for Grand Theft Auto series, by a user who goes by the name “teapotuberhacker,” who is said to be the same person responsible for the Uber hack.
While the teenager’s identity remains unknown – and likely will remain for many months – the latest allegations are believed to be related to previous arrests in March, in which the City of London Police arrested seven people aged between 16 and 21 on suspicion of links to the hacking group Lapsus$. Lapsus$ was charged with violations in Octa, Microsoft, Nvidia and Samsung earlier this year.
Several of those arrested were released on bail under certain conditions.
at this time, Bloomberg reported that a then 16-year-old teenager based in Oxfordshire, UK was suspected of being the mastermind behind the Lapsus$ hacking group. Four researchers investigating the gang’s recent hacks said they believe the teenager, who goes by the online aliases “White” or “Breachbase,” is a leading figure in Lapsus$. Bloomberg tracked down the suspected hacker after his personal information was doxed online, allegedly by rival hackers.