The youngster who broke into Rockstar Games and leaked the Grand Theft Auto VI early gameplay video has been in court and has opted to enter a “not guilty” plea to the accusations.
Not Guilty? Really?
According to the Bloomberg article, the 17-year-old from Oxfordshire, England, was already in violation of his release terms and had gotten himself into trouble with two counts of internet abuse.
That was before the ransom hacks on Microsoft and Uber, which have reportedly been linked to the teen’s mischief, and before he allegedly targeted Rockstar Games’ systems and enabled the circulation of catastrophic amounts of previously undisclosed Grand Theft Auto VI data.
It’s crucial to remember that the authorities have not formally named this person as the perpetrator of all of these cyber sieges.
In addition, it’s believed that the hacker is a member of the collective Lapsus$. Over the period of 2021 and 2022, the cybercrime gang seriously harmed a number of organizations, including Nvidia, Samsung, Ubisoft, and others.
According to Brett Callow, a threat analyst at the antivirus firm Emsisoft, “Lapsus$ definitely aren’t wreaking as much havoc as other actors with various incentives could, and I think that’s the answer – they aren’t fully motivated by money,” said in an interview with Wired.
Therefore, they attempt things that cybercriminals with only financial motivations wouldn’t. The trial will proceed at a later date after the judge sent the matter to a higher court. “They are more inclined to be adventurous and to try things – that may not have a payoff – just for the joy of it,” which checks the box for the motivation for an attack on Grand Theft Auto VI.