A British Crown Court has revealed the identity of Arion Kurtaj, an 18-year-old boy who was accused in September of breaching Rockstar Games, Uber, and Revolut. Kurtaj is deemed medically unable to stand trial, thus the jury will determine whether or not he participated in the hacking incidents.
Teen Hackers Unleashed: Cybercrime Spree Targets Uber, Revolut, and Grand Theft Auto
The charges Kurtaj is up against include fraud, blackmail, and violations of the Computer Misuse Act. The prosecution asserts that despite being a member of the Lapsus$ hacking group, he moved alone when he gained access to Uber, Revolut, and the company that created GTA.
Besides the accusations against Kurtaj, a 17-year-old whose name is kept secret by legal requirements is also accused of extortion and fraud in connection with acts with the Lapsus$ group that affected BT and Nvidia.
When the Uber hacker met with security experts and The New York Times, he claimed to have gained access using social engineering. There was sexual content and a derogatory statement on an internal website. The hacker revealed Grand Theft Auto‘s event by posting pictures from an unannounced game on a fan forum. In the case of Revolut, inappropriate conversation messages were published on the app.
The detectives were able to connect the hacking incidents to the accused adolescents thanks to their IP addresses, which were discovered in email and Telegram accounts used to boast about their crimes.
Kurtaj contests the accusations while acknowledging many Computer Misuse Act offenses and fraud. Kurtaj lacks the capacity to face trial, yet the court’s proceedings will determine his guilt or innocence. These occurrences emphasize the need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect businesses from unwanted intrusions.