UK police arrest 17-year-old on suspicion of hacking

Detectives in London have been investigating a cyber attack on ride-hailing company Uber

British detectives have arrested a teenager on suspicion of hacking. Getty Images
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British police have arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking, the City of London Police said on Twitter on Friday.

The unnamed teenager was apprehended in Oxfordshire, south-east England, and remains in police custody. The UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit aided in the investigation, the police statement said.

Police have been investigating the "Lapsus$" hacking group, which ride-hailing company Uber said was responsible for a cyber attack that forced it to shut some internal networks temporarily earlier this month.

The police could not confirm if the arrest was related to that investigation.

In another case, a hacker breached the gaming company Rockstar Games and leaked videos from Grand Theft Auto VI, a highly anticipated title from Take-Two Interactive Software.

In April, City of London Police charged two teenagers aged 16 and 17 in connection with an investigation into hacking.

They were released on bail before a trial scheduled for July 2023.

Updated: September 23, 2022, 10:10 PM