It looks like the recent GTA 6 hack wasn’t the work of a lone wolf who managed to break into an employee’s workstation, as previously assumed. The high-profile breach in which GTA 5 and GTA 6 source codes were stolen was apparently the work of a hacking group called Lapsus$, which the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice have already been pursuing. As recently as March 2022, at least seven members of the group were arrested in the UK after they targeted a number of major companies like Microsoft, Samsung, and Nvidia.
GTA 6 hack will not impact development, says Rockstar Games
The hacker(s) reportedly intended to sell GTA 5 and 6 source codes for a huge sum of money but it looks like they were stopped in their tracks. Although Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive haven’t said anything about Lapsus$ in their press releases addressing the hack, transportation company Uber believes that it’s the same group that also hacked into its systems.
A press release from Uber (via Insider-Gaming) reads:
We believe that this attacker (or attackers) are affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, which has been increasingly active over the last year or so. This group typically uses similar techniques to target technology companies, and in 2022 alone has breached Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta, among others. There are also reports over the weekend that this same actor breached video game maker Rockstar Games. We are in close coordination with the FBI and US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts.
For its part, Rockstar Games has reassured fans that the hack will not stifle development work, although many are concerned about the impact of the breach on the company’s flexible work-from-home policies.
In other news, a new insider with an excellent track record turned out to be a YouTuber who was breaking NDAs, and Sony is finally rolling out a region switching option for PS Plus classics in Europe.