No one could believe that the hacking group, Lapsus$, recently confirmed to have Important source code stolen from Microsoft, may be linked to a group of British teenagers. Although that’s the case right now, with seven arrests just made in some of the most intense and far-reaching cyberattacks in recent years.
One of the alleged leaders of the hacking group? A 16 year old autistic boy from Oxford, UK.
According to reports from BBCthe kid who goes by “White” or “Breachbase” online, had been doxxed (his personal information released) on a hacking website after an alleged conflict of interest with business partners.
The boy was reportedly swimming in 300 bitcoins ($13 million / £10.6 million) of extortion money as his father’s concern began to grow. The family had been trying to keep him away from their PC, but with little success.
“We will try to stop him from using computers,” the boy’s father told the BBC, unaware of the trouble his son could be getting into. “I had never heard about it until recently. He never talked about hacking, but he is very good at computers and spends a lot of time on the computer. I always thought he was playing games.”
The teenagers detained by the City of London Police, aged between 16 and 21, are allegedly in the same group not only because they released 190GB of sensitive data from Samsungbut also threatened the tech giants Nvidia with the launch of a hash rate limiting bypass for your GPUs after the initial group ransomware attack was retaliated against. Microsoft recently reported being hacked by the group.
Currently, the teenagers have been released under investigation, and the City of London Police note that “our investigations remain ongoing”.