Teen suspected of being GTA hacker held in youth detention center
September 27, 2022
The 17-year-old suspect believed to be behind the recent hack of Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar Games has pleaded not guilty to the computer misuse charge.
However, the teenager pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions, Eurogamer understands.
In a statement to Eurogamer this afternoon, the City of London Police’s Cybercrime Unit acknowledged the individual appeared in court over the weekend – and is now being held in a detention center for young people.
“The 17-year-old who appeared in Highbury Corner Juvenile Court on September 24 pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions and not guilty to computer misuse,” said City of London Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan.
“The teenager has been placed in a juvenile detention centre.”
The suspect is believed to be part of the Lapsus$ hacking group and is behind the recent gargantuan leak of Grand Theft Auto 6 details, including nearly an hour of footage, images and artwork. art under development.
Rockstar only commented to confirm that it suffered a “network intrusion” that led to the leaked information being taken from its servers.
The GTA maker said it was “extremely disappointed” but said there would be no “long-term effect” on development. No live services, such as Grand Theft Auto Online, were interrupted.
As for the suspect, this is not the first time he has come into conflict with the law. In March, BBC News reported on the individual – then just 16 – under the headline ‘Oxford teenager accused of being a multi-millionaire cybercriminal’.
The teenager was one of seven arrested on suspicion of hacking into other top companies such as Microsoft, before bragging about it online.
In a separate investigation into the hacking group’s breach of Uber, several members are currently under FBI investigation.