Rockstar Locks Social Media Feedback As GTA VI Leak Spreads



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In the days following this week’s enormous Grand Theft Auto VI leaks, investigations have unveiled extra info about the occasion behind the hack. Rather than a single unique, it seems that at minimum two people—possibly related to a more substantial hacker group—were powering the weekend’s huge breach. And though Rockstar Video games locks down its social media accounts to struggle back again towards the distribute of leaked information, it is now probably the hackers are staying investigated by the FBI.

On September 18 on the GTA Forums, a consumer appeared and dropped in excess of 90 films showcasing early enhancement footage of the upcoming Grand Theft Vehicle recreation, assumed to be GTA VI. The footage contained early appears at the game’s setting of Vice Town, as properly as law enforcement chases, shootouts, and what appear to be two principal characters. In the times because the leak, Rockstar Online games and its father or mother business, Just take-Two Interactive, have attempted to scrub the leaked material off the website. Rockstar produced a assertion on September 19, suggesting that the disastrous leak was the consequence of a hacker who experienced “illegally” received entry to the studio’s network.

Now we know that the GTA VI hacker wasn’t a one man or woman, but in all probability at least two distinct men and women. In a new post on the GTA Message boards, the site’s personnel shared the success of their investigations into the leaker, describing that based on putting up actions and IP address details, they believed at the very least two folks had been sharing the GTA Forums account, “TeaPotUberHacker,” that posted the leaked facts.

According to the staff’s update, they never feel the account was stolen, but was rather shared in between the two hackers, regarded as “Teapot” and “Lily.” GTA Community forums employees notes that Lily has been energetic on Telegram but that they really don’t feel Lily “currently possesses any of the hacked products they assert to maintain,” and they alert in opposition to interacting with them.

The transportation app enterprise Uber, which was also a short while ago hacked, issued a “security update” before this week pinning obligation on a hacker team identified as Lapsus$. It claimed that Lapsus$ has also, this yr, “breached Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia, and Okta, among other people,” and is now also at the rear of the GTA VI leak. Uber suggests that it’s operating with the FBI and U.S. Justice Office to help with the investigation. At this time it’s not known if Rockstar is also operating with the FBI.

In the meantime, when the leaked footage and screenshots proceed to spread all-around the website, Rockstar has seemingly taken motion by locking down its social media accounts. If you glimpse at its most the latest tweet and Instagram posts, you are going to observe that they’re shut to reviews and replies. That is presumably an try by Rockstar to sluggish the spread of the leaked elements, as some followers would very likely use the replies beneath GTA On-line-connected tweets to share material from the leak.

Kotaku has attained out to Rockstar for remark about the investigation and its newly locked down social media accounts.


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