GTA 6 and Uber hacker being investigated by FBI
Over 90 gameplay videos from the upcoming Rockstar Games title GTA 6 were leaked on GTAForums.com on Sunday, September 18. This leak is widely considered to be one of the most significant in the history of the video game industry.
At first, players were hesitant, saying things like “visual quality lacked the polish we expected from GTA 6,” however Rockstar Games subsequently confirmed the leaks were legit. The developers assured fans that the game’s scheduled release date would not be affected, but the leaker attempted to reach an agreement with Rockstar and/or Take Two.
Rockstar Games issued a statement on Twitter confirming the leaks were the result of a “network intrusion” and that unauthorised parties obtained the information uploaded online.
An internal Uber blog post claims that the FBI and the US Department of Justice are looking into a similar cyber attack against Uber right now. The leaks of Grand Theft Auto 6 have been linked to the same hacker, according to reports.
According to the article, “there are also reports that this same actor breached video game maker Rockstar Games over the weekend.”
The report added that the hacker is probably connected to the Lapsus$ hacking collective, which has been blamed for breaking into Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia, and Okta systems.
An administrator on the hacking forum Breached has reportedly claimed that the hacker is only 16 years old, according to a story from The Gamer. This adolescent hacker, according to pompompurin, has been detained before for similar offences and is the ringleader of the aforementioned Lapsus$ organisation.
The hacker’s genuine name was not revealed in the forum post; just that they go by the name “White” online was given. Details revealed by pompompurin corroborated the account given by the Uber Newsroom, which detailed the attack and the hacker’s claimed history of cybercrime.