A 17-year-old teenager is allegedly responsible for having participated in the hacking of and . At least, that is what the London Police tweeted on September 23, mentioning that, as part of the investigation in conjunction with the National Cyber Crime Unit, they had arrested the suspect.
On the evening of Thursday 22 September 2022, the City of London Police arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, as part of an investigation supported by the ‘s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).
He remains in police custody.
— City of London Police (@CityPolice)
Uber and Rockstar hacks: same hacker?
Although it is not yet confirmed if the attack on Uber and Rockstar Games was carried out by the same person -or persons-, it is suspected that it was the same hacker who carried out both attacks. This is because the dates of the attacks were close, and the techniques were similar.
The attack on Rockstar Games took place on September 18 and was a leak suffered by the video game Grand Theft Auto VI, one of the most anticipated titles by fans. The company confirmed the facts in an official statement.
A Message from Rockstar Games
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames)
more information about its leak, which was detected three days before the Rockstar Games incident. They mentioned that they identified that an employee’s accounts were compromised and that they “blocked access to Uber systems, or required a password reset.”
However, the fact that companies have detected these attacks in September does not mean that they were carried out on this date. Mike Barcomb, cybersecurity operations lead at IBM, shared that it takes approximately 207 days to know you’re being attacked and containment can take up to 70 days.
Alleged Links to Lapsus$
Although the police did not confirm that the detainee has any alliance with the Lapsus$ hacker group, it coincides with the features of the person arrested at the end of March, presumably the group’s leader: a 16-now 17-year-old Englishman.
On the other hand, one of the reasons that Uber raised to suspect the leader of this criminal group is because, in the attack on the mobility company, techniques similar to those that occurred with Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta were used. made by Lapsus$. “We believe that this attacker (or attackers) are affiliated with the hacker group called Lapsus$, which has been active throughout the year.”
The suspect is currently in police custody and no further information is available due to UK reporting restrictions on non-adult identification.