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Underage hacker behind GTA 6 gameplay video leak detained, charged with two counts of computer misuse

Unlike the Los Santos-based predecessor, leaked gameplay videos suggest that GTA 6 will indeed be set in Vice City (Image: Rockstar Games)
Unlike the Los Santos-based predecessor, leaked gameplay videos suggest that GTA 6 will indeed be set in Vice City (Image: Rockstar Games)
In addition to the recently leaked gameplay videos of an early version of GTA 6, the teenager may also be responsible for a recent hack that affected the ridesharing company Uber, which is why he has now been charged with the according computer misuse offenses as well as breach of bail conditions.

One week ago, the gaming community was thrown into turmoil when countless gameplay videos of the highly anticipated open-world title GTA 6 were leaked on social media. Among other things, these short video clips confirmed that the game will apparently be set in Vice City, and that players will be able to take control of a female protagonist. The responsible hacker, who goes by the name "teapotuberhacker", noted that he had stolen the gameplay videos from the internal Slack channel of developer Rockstar Games, to which he gained unauthorized access.

Just a few days later, the suspected GTA 6 leaker now has to deal with serious legal consequences. According to a report by The Desk, the London police recently announced via their official Twitter account that a 17-year-old teenager was arrested at his residence in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. The teenager was supposedly located in cooperation with the FBI and the British Cyber Crime Unit, and he is presumably connected to the leaked GTA 6 gameplay videos, even though this has not been officially confirmed just yet. Either way, the underage hacker was charged with two counts of computer misuse just one day after the arrest was made.

In addition to the leaked GTA 6 gameplay videos, the accused minor may also have been involved in the recent hack of the ridesharing company Uber, whose system was compromised via stolen login data from an employee. Accordingly, some rumors claim that the UK teen may be a member of the notorious hacker group called "Laspus$”, which has already infiltrated the systems of tech heavyweights like Microsoft, Nvidia, Ubisoft, Samsung and now GTA 6 developer Rockstar Games.

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The Desk via Kotaku, Image: Rockstar Games

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Enrico Frahn, 2022-09-26 (Update: 2022-09-26)