Lapsus$ hackers convicted of breaching GTA 6, Nvidia, more | ENBLE

Lapsus$ hackers convicted of breaching GTA 6, Nvidia, more | ENBLE

The Rise and Fall of the Lapsus$ Hacking Gang

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In the realm of hacking, the Lapsus$ gang had made quite a name for themselves with their audacious security breaches and ransom demands that sent shockwaves through the tech industry in 2021 and 2022. However, the once notorious hacking group has faced a major setback as two alleged members have recently been convicted in the U.K., potentially bringing an end to their reign of cybercrime.

According to reports from Bloomberg and the BBC, the convicted members faced charges ranging from serious computer misuse to blackmail and fraud. The defendants, Arion Kurtaj, 18, and a 17-year-old male whose name cannot be revealed due to his age, have been found guilty. It is worth noting that both defendants are autistic, and psychiatrists have deemed Kurtaj unfit to stand trial, rendering him unable to give evidence. The sentencing for both individuals will be determined at a later date.

The charges against them stem from a series of high-profile hacking incidents, including breaches targeting major organizations such as Nvidia, BT Group, Uber, the EE cell network, and even gaming giant Rockstar Games. The Rockstar Games breach was particularly notable as it resulted in the leakage of gameplay footage and files from the highly-anticipated, yet unreleased, game, Grand Theft Auto 6.

What makes the Rockstar Games hack even more intriguing is the fact that Kurtaj allegedly carried out this breach after being relocated to a hotel by the police for his own safety. It seems that he had been “doxxed” by rival hackers, meaning his personal information had been exposed, prompting the authorities to place him in a hotel under bail conditions, including an internet ban.

Curiously, this didn’t deter Kurtaj from pursuing his hacking activities. He managed to breach Rockstar Games’ systems, successfully downloading unreleased game footage. In a brazen display of audacity, he threatened to post the footage unless the company contacted him within 24 hours. However, the police discovered him in possession of devices that could connect to the internet during a search of his hotel room, thus violating his bail conditions and catching him “red-handed.”

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Throughout their hacking spree, the Lapsus$ gang carried out heists with a distinctive modus operandi. They targeted companies with the intent to steal valuable data, subsequently demanding a ransom. If the ransom went unpaid, they would threaten to release sensitive files and information. What set Lapsus$ apart was their penchant for seeking attention, regularly boasting about their exploits online.

Despite their initial success, the long arm of the law eventually caught up to the Lapsus$ gang. Reports of arrests were made across the globe throughout 2022, leading to the dismantling of this notorious hacking group. While it’s believed that some members may still be at large, the collective impact of these convictions signals a significant blow to the once-infamous gang.

As the dust settles on the Lapsus$ saga, the cybersecurity world is left wondering if remaining members will attempt a comeback. Only time will tell if this hacking group, which wreaked havoc and captured the attention of the media, will regroup or fade into obscurity.