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GTA 6: the hacker has a surprising defense in court and pleads not guilty, explanations!

Game News GTA 6: the hacker has a surprising defense in court and pleads not guilty, explanations!

Published on 09/29/2022 at 14:21

Started almost two weeks ago with the sharing of a hundred GTA VI videos on the Internet, the Rockstar hack affair still seems far from over. Witness the appearance of the alleged hacker in court and the arrest of other alleged members of the Lapsus$ group.

Summary

  • GTA: source code sold, distribution of a hundred videos…
  • GTA VI: the alleged leaker pleads not guilty

GTA: source code sold, distribution of a hundred videos…

It is one of the video game cases that is agitating the world of justice at the moment: that of the massive cyberattack suffered by Rockstar, the father of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, which occurred almost two weeks ago. The hacker (teapot of his nickname), which wouldn’t even be of age, had then stolen from the studio a hundred GTA 6 development videos that he had shared. Disappointing sequences for some fans who felt that “graphics were the first finished thing in a video game“. A statement that did not fail to provoke many developers around the world, then sharing the alpha versions of their games

On this subject, he also steals the source codes of GTA V and GTA VI: the backbones of video games, that allow computers and consoles to translate them.

Something very important therefore since it often contains the way of developing of a studio. Moreover, it can also be exploited in order to find security vulnerabilities to allow hacking or even cheating. On this subject, teapot allegedly sold the GTA V source code hours before being arrested by the police. An arrest which sees him appear before the Highbury Corner Children’s Court in London.

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GTA VI: the alleged leaker pleads not guilty

Since this case concerns a minor, the details of the course of the trial are quite limited. Nevertheless, City of London Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan, discusses in an interview with Eurogamer the positions taken by the alleged hacker during his appearance before the judges. He was charged with two counts of breaching bail conditions and two counts of computer misuse:

The 17-year-old who appeared in Highbury Corner Children’s Court on September 24 pleaded guilty to breaching bail and not guilty to computer misuse. The teenager was remanded to a youth detention center.

Reading these lines, it would seem that the alleged hacker denies having fraudulently used electronic devices (computer, telephone) to break into confidential data. If he is really the author of the facts, he will probably have a hard time explaining how the source codes of GTA V and GTA VI ended up in his possession. The 17-year-old was reportedly arrested earlier this year for the Microsoft and Nvidia hack.

In any event, the case is far from over since it would seem that some of his associates (from the Lapsus$ group) have also been the subject of arrest warrants. The Young Man, aka A.K has so far been placed in a juvenile detention centre. Obviously, we will have to wait for an in-depth investigation to learn more about the merits of the case.

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