A teenager was found guilty of running a hacking operation that resulted in one of the largest security breaches in the history of the video gaming industry by a UK court on Wednesday.
The prosecution referred to Arion Kurtaj, 18, as one of the „key players” in the Lapsus$ gang that breached Rockstar Games’ network in 2022 and leaked information about the still-unreleased „Grand Theft Auto 6.” A jury in London’s Southwark Crown Court reached a unanimous verdict after a two-month trial that Kurtaj had committed 12 offenes, despite being ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial by psychiatrists.
Kurtaj also threatened to expose Rockstar Games’ most recent Grand Theft Auto games’ compromised source code on online message boards. Since its 2013 release, Grand Theft Auto 5, the most recent version of the game that centers around robberies and street violence, has sold 170 million copies and brought in roughly $7 billion.
Additionally, Kurtaj and a 17-year-old boy were charged with hacking the software business Nvidia in February 2022 and threatening to leak its trade secrets. His Name cannot be revealed due to his age. On Wednesday, the 17-year-old was determined to have committed fraud and blackmail.
According to prosecutors, the two hacked into the systems of BT and EE, two mobile operators, and then demanded a $4 million (3,7 Millionen Euro) Ransom.
Dates for either defendant’s sentencing have not yet been set.