London police have arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of hacking and some have speculated that it has something to do with the Grand Theft Auto VI leaks. Last weekend, 90+ videos of GTA 6 footage were posted on the GTAForums before it spread across the rest of the internet. Although some were doubtful it was genuine given Rockstar Games’ immense secrecy, it became evident fairly rapidly that the footage was authentic and this was the first gander at the profoundly anticipated game. The leaker in question claimed to have been responsible for a hack on both Rockstar Games and Uber. Rockstar Games issued a statement on Monday morning confirming that it had a security break and that the leaked footage was indeed genuine. Shortly after this, Uber reported that it was working with the FBI and US Department of Justice to find the programmer.
On the evening of Thursday 22 September 2022, the City of London Police arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, as part of an investigation supported by the @NCA_UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).
He remains in police custody. pic.twitter.com/Zfa3OlDR6J
— City of London Police (@CityPolice) September 23, 2022
London City Police declared on Twitter on September 23rd that it had arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of hacking as part of an investigation conducted by the National Wrongdoing Organization’s Digital Wrongdoing Unit. The teen is currently in custody, though no specifics have been given. Although there’s been rumors and intense speculation preceding the arrest that the programmer was a teen operating out of the UK, London police have not confirmed any link between the two cases. ComicBook connected with London police for additional information and got this concise statement: “We have no further information to share at this stage. Any updates will be shared on our Twitter.” We also contacted Rockstar Games, but didn’t get a response in time for publication.
As of right now, it remains to be seen what will happen to this. Rockstar Games has previously confirmed that it doesn’t expect any long term disruption to the development of the next Grand Theft Auto, so fans don’t have to stress over the game being internally postponed by years. We still have no thought when the game will release, but some expectation that the game could have a legitimate unveiling later this year.
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