A board of psychiatrists has ruled that a teenage hacker famed for attempting to blackmail Rockstar Games by exposing Grand Theft Auto 6 to the public is unable to face trial. The adolescent hacker also gained access to major corporations such as Uber and Nvidia Corp.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is not only one of the best-selling games of all time, but it is also the most profitable piece of fictional media ever created, grossing about $8 billion. Because of the success of GTA 5, it’s safe to say that Grand Theft Auto 6 is one of the most anticipated games of this decade, even without an official trailer.
It’s no surprise that fans are eager to jump on any rumor about Grand Theft Auto 6, with Rockstar Games attempting to intercept every leak that reaches the public. One thing Rockstar probably didn’t expect was for a young hacker to try to blackmail the firm over the upcoming game.
Arion Kurtaj, an 18-year-old member of the hacker organization Lapsus$, attempted to blackmail Rockstar Games by leaking the Grand Theft Auto 6 source code online.
Kurtaj has a history of hacking into large corporations, such as when he caused approximately $3 million in harm to Uber by leaking sensitive information. Kurtaj has been judged incapable to stand trial by a group of psychiatrists, therefore instead of delivering a decision based on his guilt, the jury will assess whether he committed these alleged crimes.
This story reads like a Grand Theft Auto 6 side mission, but it’s completely true. Kurtaj also had an anonymous accomplice who requested a $4 million ransom from EE, a British mobile phone carrier. The two hackers were dubbed “key players” in the Lapsus$ project. Lapsus$ is thought to be well organized and has members all over the world. The gang has targeted major corporations such as Samsung, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Ubisoft.
Kurtaj faces three counts of blackmail as well as nine additional charges, including fraud. His unnamed accomplice is on trial for two counts of fraud and two counts of blackmail. He is also charged with three more connected offenses, all of which he denies.