No one could have believed that the hacking group Lapsus$, which recently confirmed stealing important Microsoft source code, could be linked to a group of British teenagers. However, this is reportedly the case at the moment, as seven arrests have just been made for some of the most intense and wide-ranging cyberattacks in recent years.
One of the suspected leaders of the hacking group? A 16 year old autistic boy from Oxford, UK.
According to reports from BBCthe boy, known online as ‘White’ or ‘Breachbase’, was doxed on a hacking website (his personal details were released) following an alleged conflict of interest with business partners.
The boy had allegedly been swimming in 300 bitcoin ($13m/£10.6m) in extortion money when his father’s concerns began to mount. The family had tried to keep him away from his PC, but with little success.
“We will try to stop him from using computers,” the boy’s father told the BBC, unaware of the trouble his son could possibly have gotten himself into. “Until recently I had never heard of it. He has never talked about hacking, but he is very computer literate and spends a lot of time on computers. I always thought he would play games.”
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The teenagers, aged 16 to 21, arrested by City of London Police are said to be from the same group that not only released 190GB of sensitive Samsung data, but also tech giant Nvidia with the release of a hash rate-limiting bypass are said to have threatened GPUs after the group’s first ransomware attack was retaliated against. Recently it was Microsoft who reported being hacked by the group.
At present, the teenagers have been released as part of an investigation, and the City of London Police state: “Our investigation is ongoing.”
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