May 25, 2022

Just a week after seven people were arrested as part of an investigation into a series of cyberattacks perpetrated by the Lapsus$ hacker group, British authorities have charged two teenagers with multiple cybercrimes.

Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan of the London Police said on Friday that two teenagers aged 16 and 17 were charged three times with unauthorized access to computers with the intent to undermine the credibility of the data. One case of fraudulent misrepresentation and one case of unauthorized access to a computer to prevent access to data. The 16-year-old was also charged with forcing a computer to perform a task to protect against unauthorized access to the program.

O’Sullivan said the couple is in custody and will appear before Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court later Friday.

When contacted by gaming-updates, the City of London Police refused to confirm the identities of the teens, whose names were not released because they are subject to UK restrictions on juvenile identification reporting. However, a recent Bloomberg report revealed that a teenager from Oxford, UK is suspected of being the mastermind behind the Lapsus$ hacker group. The messages tracked down a 16-year-old man known by the alias “White” or “Breachbase” after rival hackers released his personal information online.

The report was released hours before the City of London Police announced they had arrested seven people aged 16 to 21 on suspicion of links to the Lapsus$ hacker group. The day after the arrest was made public, Lapsus$ informed its over 50,000 Telegram followers that some of its members were “going on vacation.” The group later denied that any of its members were arrested in March.

The hacker group Lapsus$, which first appeared in December 2021, is back this week with a new victim of a data breach: Luxembourg-based software development consultancy Globent. The group published on its Telegram channel a 70 gigabyte torrent file that allegedly contained data stolen from the company, which the hackers claim contained the source code of its corporate clients.

Other victims of Lapsus$ are Okta, Microsoft, Nvidia and Samsung.

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