Rockstar Games Was Hacked by Teenagers

GTA 6 Trailer Released! But Aren’t We Forgetting Something?

We’re sure everyone was excited to see the new GTA VI trailer released by Rockstar Games, as were many of our team here at Logic! But it seems there’s somewhat of a cyber elephant in the room…

In late 2022, Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive employees were horrified to spot this post in GTAForums by a member named Teapotuberhacker, containing a link to leaked footage of GTA VI (which was not publicly announced to be in development yet at that point).

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This leaked footage was a catastrophe for the Rockstar team. Following the enormous hype that GTA 5 brought, it was essential for them to keep all GTA 6 development locked down tight and hidden from the public eye.

“This is one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games” – Jason Schreier, Reporter at Bloomberg

Upon further investigation, the hacker was discovered to be 18-year-old Arion Kurtaj of the Lapsus$ cyber criminal group, working with a 17-year-old associate. Kurtaj had also carried out high-profile cyber-attacks on Uber and Nvidia, bringing him to the complete total of 12 criminal offenses, including blackmail, fraud and several violations of the UK’s Computer Misuse Act.

Kurtaj was arrested multiple times in the run-up to this cyberattack for his use of social engineering and SIM-swapping* techniques against several companies. In order to leak the stolen GTA 6 footage, he brought an Amazon Firestick into the Travelodge hotel he was staying at in London while on bail, “allowing him to connect to cloud computing services with a newly purchased smart phone, keyboard and mouse”.

But the official trailer has been released now. Why are we still talking about this?

If huge, technological giants, Rockstar Games, can be successfully hacked into and have data stolen by two teenagers, then it could easily happen to your company too.

You must ensure that your network is protected by a sturdy firewall, with all of your accounts and devices also protected by MFA – for this, we highly recommend WatchGuard firewalls and their award-winning AuthPoint MFA application. Meanwhile, ESET’s robust endpoint protection works fantastically to stop any malicious activity to progress any further if it does manage to find its way to your devices (e.g. email security, cloud app protection, disk encryption).

Most of all though, your staff need to be instructed on how exactly to keep your company cyber secure and not allow any outside threats into the organisation. A staggering 88% of cyber security breaches are caused by human error, according to a study by Stanford University. So, your well-meaning receptionist, your digital dinosaur owner or even your slightly tired and preoccupied technological genius could all accidentally be the reason a cyber criminal sneaks into your organisation.

With a full portfolio of cyber security expertise and case studies, find out more from our multi-award-winning team about cyber security for your business.

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*Fraudsters gaining your SIM number by using immorally or illegally acquired personal data sourced via phishing or the dark web.

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