The FBI is currently investigating a suspected hacker or hacking group believed to be behind the massive Grand Theft Auto 6 leak.
While game leaks are often par for the course ahead of any major upcoming release, it's been nearly a decade since the last GTA dropped.
And since Rockstar Games announced the development of its sixth instalment just a few months back, no one was expecting updates anytime soon.
But everything changed this week when footage appeared online appearing to show gameplay from the GTA 6 way earlier than expected.
The GTA 6 leaks may very well be the worst leak in gaming history. If you think this is cause for celebration, understand that the hacker who perpetrated this has made the lives of developers a living nightmare and this incident will single handedly delay the long awaited game.— YongYea (@YongYea) September 18, 2022
And this was no ordinary leak either - we're talking dozens of clips showing details of how the new game will look, with some appearing to confirm a rumour about a new female playable character.
Although people were apprehensive over whether the leak was legit, Rockstar Games released a statement confirming it had been the victim of a 'network intrusion', saying someone 'illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information' including the GTA 6 footage.
In the latest development of this ongoing saga, the FBI are currently investigating a hacking group believed to be behind the attack.
The news was announced by Uber - now, you might be wondering what the car ride app has to do with Rockstar Games, but it looks like it was targeted by the same group.
In a recent blog post, the firm said that an Uber contractor had their account compromised by an attacker who they suspect bought a password 'on the dark web'.
After eventually making it past the two-factor login, the hacker intercepted other employee accounts and from there was able to access various tools including G-Suite and Slack.
Uber has since strengthened its cyber security and has now confirmed it is working with the FBI and the US Department of Justice to investigate Lapsus$ - the suspected attacker believed to also be behind the GTA leak.
The blog post continued: "We believe that this attacker (or attackers) are affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, which has been increasingly active over the last year or so.
"This group typically uses similar techniques to target technology companies, and in 2022 alone has breached Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta, among others.
A Message from Rockstar Games pic.twitter.com/T4Wztu8RW8— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
"There are also reports over the weekend that this same actor breached video game maker Rockstar Games.
"We are in close coordination with the FBI and US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts."
UNILAD has contacted the US Department of Justice for comment.
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