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Lapsus$ Cracked? Two Teens Charged In Hacking Group Probe

Joseph F. Kovar

“The City of London Police has been conducting an investigation into members of a hacking group. Two teenagers, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, have been charged in connection with this investigation and remain in police custody,” says Detective Inspector Michael O‘Sullivan of the City of London Police said in a statement.

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Police in London Friday said they have charged a pair of teenagers in connection with an investigation of the Lapsus$ hacker group.

This is the second arrest of people related to the activities of the Lapsus$ hacker group which has been lined to multiple hacks of some of the top tech companies in the world. Police in the city of London last week unveiled the arrest of seven people between the ages of 16 and 21.

London police Friday said that two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, are now in police custody after being charged in connection to what it termed the “hacking group” investigation without mentioning the “Lapsus$” name.

[Related: ‘Two Months Is Too Long’: Tenable CEO Slams Okta’s Breach Response]

However, the investigation is related to the Lapsus$ gang, according to the BBC.

“Both teenagers have been charged with: three counts of unauthorised access to a computer with intent to impair the reliability of data; one count of fraud by false representation and one count of unauthorised access to a computer with intent to hinder access to data. The 16-year-old has also been charged with one count of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised access to a program,” Detective Inspector Michael O‘Sullivan of the City of London Police said in a statement.

The Lapsus$ hacking group this year has been very active. Despite its activity, however, little is known about it, including where it is based or if it has ties to other ransomware gangs.

Global software services firm Globant Wednesday said the source code and documents of some of its customers were hacked, a hack which other media attributed to Lapsus$

Lapsus$ on March 22 claimed via a Telegram post to have stolen data from identity security giant Octa.

Two days before boasting about hitting Okta, Lapsus$ claimed via a Telegram post that it breached internal source code repositories for Microsoft Azure DevOps, and showed images related to Bing and Cortana projects.

Lapsus$ in early March claimed to have stolen Samsung’s source code and biometric unlocking algorithms for its Galaxy devices.

In late February, Nvidia allegedly launched a retaliatory strike against Lapsus$ to prevent the release of the chipmaker’s stolen data, Lapsus$ claimed.

Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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