An 18-year-old hacker who released footage of an unreleased film has been sentenced by a British judge.
The BBC reported that the individual was placed in a secure hospital for an indefinite period.
The hacker, Arion Kurtaj, leaked 90 clips from Rockstar Games’ forthcoming
In August, a British jury found Kurtaj and another teenager, who were part of the hacking group Lapsus$, guilty of hacking, fraud, and extortion. They also targeted Uber, Nvidia, and other companies with cyberattacks.
Rockstar Games did not respond to CBS MoneyWatch’s inquiry about the security breach.
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Guild Lodge is among the 60 medium-secure mental health facilities in England and Wales specifically for housing individuals who are considered a threat to themselves or others due to their mental illness.
According to Bloomberg, the judge stated in court on Thursday that Kurtaj poses a significant threat of causing serious harm to the public due to their ability to gain unrestricted access to computers.
According to BBC, even after having his laptop taken away while awaiting sentencing for cyberattacks, Kurtaj managed to carry out a hack on Grand Theft Auto using an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a hotel TV, and his phone. He gained access to the company’s messaging system and threatened to release the source code if Rockstar did not contact him within 24 hours on Telegram. The broadcaster reported that he then proceeded to publicly share the code and clips from the game.
GTA 6 is among the most highly anticipated video game releases of all time. Less than a day after Rockstar posted a trailer, it had racked up more than 60 million views on YouTube. The game is slated to be released sometime in 2025.
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