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

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UK police arrested a 17-year-old teenager 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 police custody.

Although at the time of writing no more details have been shared, there is speculation online that the arrest is in relation to the recent hacks of Uber and Rockstar Games.

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

As we described on the latest “Smashing Security” podcast, Uber said it believed that it had been hacked by the notorious LAPSUS$ group.




Earlier this year, UK police arrested seven people after hacks against firms such as Microsoft, NVIDIA, Ubisoft, Samsung, and 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 happened to live in Oxford) said that he hoped to convince his teenage son to stop using computers.

The FBI has requested the public’s assistance in identifying anybody connected with the LAPSUS$ group.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy.

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