London police arrest teenager suspected of hacking but do not confirm GTA 6 and Uber links

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City of London Police report they arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking and said he was still in custody, without disclosing any further details.

Police declined to say which incident the arrest was related to, but many of the details match recent high-profile hacks. This spring, the City of London Police arrested and released seven teenagers in connection with an investigation into the Lapsus$ hacking group. Today’s arrest also comes just days after two security breaches believed to be linked to Lapsus$, with the early leak Grand Automatic Flight 6 images due to a “network intrusion” and security breach at Uber that caused it to take several internal systems offline for a period of time.

In March, Bloomberg reported that a person believed to be behind several of the group’s major attacks was a 16-year-old who was visited by police near Oxford, England, in the county of Oxfordshire.

In a statement after Uber’s breach, the company wrote on its blog: “We believe this attacker (or attackers) is affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, which has been increasingly active over the about the last year.” The GTA 6 The leaker claimed in forum posts to be the same person responsible for the attack on Uber.

City of London Police declined to share any further details with The edge.

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