Oxford teenager arrested in UK on suspicion of hacking • Graham Cluley


Oxford teenager arrested in UK on suspicion of hacking

British police arrested a 17-year-old boy in Oxfordshire last night on suspicion of hacking.

The boy, who has not been named, was arrested as part of an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA). He remains in custody.

Although at the time of writing no further details have been shared, there is speculation online that the arrest is related to the recent uber hacks and Rockstar Games.

The hacks have made headlines around the world, with the source code and internal videos of an upcoming version of Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto” video game franchise leaked online.

As we described in the last Smashing Security PodcastUber said it believes it was hacked by the notorious LAPSUS$ group.

Earlier this year, British police arrested seven people after hacking into companies such as Microsoft, Nvidia, Ubisoft, Samsungand Okta. All of the hacks, like those against Uber and Rockstar Games, were linked to the LAPSUS$ group.

At the time, the father of one of those arrested (who lived in Oxford) said he hoped to convince her teenage son to stop using computers.

The FBI has asked for the public’s help to identify anyone connected to the LAPSUS$ group.

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Graham Cluley is an antivirus industry veteran having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the very first version of Dr Solomon’s Antivirus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly performs media appearances and is a international speaker on the subject of computer security, hackers and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gculleyWhere send him an email.

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