The City of London police report
they’ve arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking and said he remains in custody,
without releasing any other details.
Police declined to say what incident the arrest was in connection with, but many of the details line up with
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 connected to Lapsus$, with
the leak of early Grand Theft
Auto 6 footage due to a “network intrusion” and a
security breach at Uber that caused it to take several internal systems offline for a while.
On the evening of Thursday 22 September 2022, the City of London Police arrested
a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, as part of an investigation supported by the
@NCA_UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit
He remains in police custody. pic.twitter.com/Zfa3OlDR6J
— City of London Police
(@CityPolice) September 23,
In March, Bloomberg
reported that a person believed to be behind several of the group’s major attacks was a
then-16-year-old whose home the police visited near Oxford, England, which is in the county of Oxfordshire.
In a statement after the Uber
breach, the company wrote on its blog, “We believe that this attacker
(or attackers) are affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, which has been increasingly active over
the last year or so.” The GTA 6 leaker claimed in forum posts to be the same person responsible for
the attack on Uber.
City of London police declined to share additional details with The Verge.