Data breaches in the gaming industry are starting to become a major issue worldwide. One of the most recent examples is when hackers targeted Rockstar and Uber. However, according to Journalist Matthew Keys, the accused hacker behind the most recent assault is a member of a group called LAPSUS$ that has previously struck Microsoft and NVIDIA.
UPDATE: I've confirmed the 17-year-old arrested in Oxfordshire for the cyber attack on Rockstar and Uber is the same teenager that was arrested earlier this year for hacking Microsoft and Nvidia. The teen associates with a group called "Lapsus$." Additional arrests expected.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) September 24, 2022
Security experts have been perplexed by LAPSUS$ as it has launched a wave of high-profile breaches. The hacking group has previously infiltrated tech giants such as Samsung, NVIDIA, and Microsoft. Although the motive for the assaults is still unknown, several cybersecurity specialists assert that they think the organization is driven by money and fame.
Yesterday, City of London Police announced that they had arrested the alleged hacker responsible of the recent data breach on Thursday night. The City of London Police detained seven further teenagers for allegedly having ties to the notorious hacking organization. After the official involvement of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the US Department of Justice, the matter seems to be closing in.
One of the most well-known data breaches in the history of the game business occurred on Sunday when more than an hour of Grand Theft Auto 6 development footage was released by an anonymous user commenting on the GTA Forums website. Following the attack, there was further information on Uber being a data breach victim when the firm disclosed that its internal systems had been breached and that the hacker had gained access to the company’s Slack channels.
The Feds and other US agencies undertake extensive investigations whenever significant breaches occur. Unless the perpetrators are state-sponsored or found in locations where extradition is impossible, the attackers are often detained. We have to wait and see how the situation evolves, judging by the aftershocks of the recent events.