The recording is leaking Grand Theft Auto 6 was all together one of the largest and most impactful video game leaks in history, with the Rockstar Games data breach leading to investigations by law enforcement agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom. It all started in mid-September this year, when a hacker shared 90 videos GTA 6 in a leak posted Grand Theft Auto forums. Although players were initially skeptical of the clips’ validity, Rockstar eventually confirmed that the videos were indeed legitimate and that the development of the new GTA entry would continue despite the massive leaks.
Reactions from the public were mixed Grand Theft Auto 6 leakage, for a number of reasons. Because the game is in early stages of development, the graphics were not necessarily up to par with what one would expect from a modern Rockstar title, leading to some negative fan reactions to the visuals of the videos. Others didn’t like it GTA 6 leak revealed about the story, characters, or setting, and were disappointed that it didn’t match what they had in mind for the game. However, many player reactions were less about that GTA 6 themselves and more about the hacker – many wanted to know more about who had shared the videos, how they had obtained them and why they decided to leak them.
Some may be surprised to hear that the Rockstar leak of Grand Theft Auto 6 was reportedly not the first major foray into hacking for the culprit. The lekkeren, who used the alias teapotuberhacker on GTA forums when they posted the videos are reported to have been part of a few other recent high-profile hacking cases before targeting Rockstar. In accordance exputerafter the FBI began investigating GTA 6his hacker, it became clear that they were part of a group of hackers who went by the name Lapsus$.
In the past, the Lapsus$ group claimed responsibility for high-profile cases such as the Uber hack that took place earlier in September and the infiltration of Nvidia, where they were able to access and share confidential designs from the company. Much of the hacker group’s modus operandi revolves around the workplace chat app Slack, which they use to uncover more information about a company’s inner workings and security protocols. In case of Grand Theft Auto 6 leak, the 90 videos posted online were actually all sourced from Slack itself – they had been exchanged between developers and could easily be accessed straight from chat.
Although the teapotuber hacker apparently operated as part of the Lapsus$ group, it is unclear whether the Rockstar data breach that led to the 90 leak GTA 6 videos were a collective effort or the work of a single actor. In any case London Police arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of hacking crimes later in September. The boy was living in Oxfordshire in the UK when he was arrested. Although the City of London Police did not comment on whether the arrest was linked to GTA 6 leaks, The desk reporter Matthew Keys cited sources familiar with the investigation that they were indeed related.
GTA 6 leaks – why Rockstar got hacked
The end goal of the Lapsus$ hacking group is obvious even from the spelling of their name: money. In every infiltration the group has carried out, extorting money from companies in exchange for not sharing information has always been their biggest goal. When GTA 6 the hacker returned with threats to release the source code, the motive appearing to be extortion. Lapsus$ has always been very aware that this is their motive. As reported by The cableduring previous hacking operations, the group even issued the following statement over messaging app Telegram: “Remember: The only goal is money, our reasons are not political. Please note: We are not government sponsored and we are not in politics at all.“
However, as The cable reports of previous hacks by Lapsus$, although the group claims to be motivated solely by money, that is not the only thing they have ever asked for in their negotiations with companies. With the Nvidia security breach, part of the demands from Lapsus$ were reportedly for the electronics company to remove technology in their GPUs that impaired Bitcoin mining, and also asked them to release certain drivers.
There are some details about GTA 6 leak that will only be revealed if a court case takes place and when the leaker is old enough for their identity to be shared. That said, the basic facts of the case have come to light: a teenage UK-based hacker operating under the codename teapotuberhacker appears to have broken Rockstar Games’ slack as part of the cyber extortion group Lapsus$. Money appears to be a key motivation, but it’s hard to speculate what else might have informed their decision to leak these GTA 6 videos. At least it doesn’t look like they’ve caused any lasting damage. Rockstar Games has stated twice now that they don’t expect the leak to halt development Grand Theft Auto 6. Hopefully, the studio’s hard work will get an official reveal soon, so it can be shared with the world on its own terms.
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Sources: computer, City of London Police/TwitterThe cable