UK sues two teens linked to Lapsus$ hacking group

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Two UK teenagers accused of aiding the Lapsus$ racketeering ring have been released on bail after appearing before Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

According to a statement by Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan of the City of London Police, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were charged following an international investigation into members of a hacking group.

“Both teens have been charged with: three counts of unauthorized access to a computer with intent to compromise data; one count of fraud by misrepresentation and one count of unauthorized access to a computer with intent to compromise data. hinder,” said O’Sullivan.

“The 16-year-old has also been charged with one charge of having a computer perform a function to protect unauthorized access to a program.”

Although the British detective did not name the gang the two teenagers worked for, a BBC report today linked them to the Lapsus$ group and said they were being released on bail “under certain conditions”.

Since Lapsus$ has been on the radar of international law enforcement for some time, seven people, ages 16 to 21, suspected of being linked to the gang were arrested by the City of London police last week.

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The Lapsus$ gang has been in the news lately for attacking high-profile tech companies around the world, including Microsoft, Nvidia, Samsung, Okta, and Ubisoft, many of which resulted in massive data breaches.

Despite the huge names they have added to their victim list, it is believed that most of the Lapsus$ members are teenagers driven primarily by their goal of making a name for themselves in the hacking scene and not financial motivation.

The FBI is also investigating the group’s illegal activities and seeking information about the Lapsus$ members involved in compromising the computer networks of multiple US-based companies.

“These unidentified individuals took credit for both the theft and dissemination of proprietary information that they claim to have obtained illegally,” the US law enforcement agency said. “The FBI is seeking information on the identities of those responsible for these cyberattacks.”

While it is still unclear how many active members the gang has and what roles each of them plays, they are believed to have affiliates around the world based on Telegram chats seem to suggest that they speak multiple languages, including English, Russian, Turkish, German and Portuguese.



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