London police have arrested a teenager on suspicion of hacking offences. authorities said Friday. The 17-year-old suspect was arrested in Oxfordshire, England as part of an ongoing investigation with the government’s National Cyber Crime Unit. Police declined to confirm any other details about the arrest and investigation — just that the suspect is in custody.
That said, the circumstances follow previous arrests linked to a hacker group said to be responsible for breaches of Uber and Rockstar games, the latter of which led to leaked footage from the in-development Grand Theft Auto 6 published over the weekend.
On the evening of Thursday 22 September 2022, London police arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking as part of an investigation supported by the @NCA_UKNational Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).
He remains in police custody. pic.twitter.com/Zfa3OlDR6J
— City of London Police (@CityPolice) September 23, 2022
Polygon has also reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice, as the US government is also investigating the Uber hacking incident. Neither Rockstar Games nor Uber responded to a request for comment Friday morning.
Uber believes an international hacker group calling itself Lapsus$ was responsible for the breach there. In March, London police arrested seven people in connection with the group, one of whom was a teenager from Oxfordshire, about an hour west of London. Then in April, two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were charged in connection with the hacker group and released on bail. Lapsus$ is also suspected of accessing systems from Microsoft, T-Mobile, Ubisoft and security firm Okta.
The Rockstar Games hacker, after posting nearly an hour’s worth of footage from the in-development game, claimed responsibility for the Uber breach. With the Rockstar Games leak, the hacker also claimed to have obtained the source code for Grand Car Thief 5 and GTA 6, as well as a demo version of the game in development. Rockstar confirmed the unprecedented hack on Monday, but noted that there would be no disruption to its services or development. GTA 6.
“We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development material for the next Grand Theft Auto,” a studio spokesperson tweeted.