Updated · May 20, 2022
Seven People Tied to Hacking Group Lapsus$ Arrested
Updated · Mar 25, 2022
The group claimed responsibility for several high-profile cyberattacks, including those on Samsung, Okta, and Microsoft.
Aged 16 to 21
Police in London confirmed that they have arrested seven people in connection to the infamous hacking group, Lapsus$. In recent weeks, authorities tied the group to several attacks on big companies, including Samsung, Nvidia, and Okta.
A detective of the City of London Police, Michael O’Sullivan confirmed the arrests. “The City of London Police has been conducting an investigation with its partners into the members of a hacking group,” he said.
“Seven people between the ages of 16 and 21 have been arrested in connection with this investigation and have all been released under investigation. Our enquiries remain ongoing.”
Lapsus$ surfaced only a few months ago, but the group’s cyber criminal activities have made headlines. Its modus operandi involves hacking into the systems of large tech companies, stealing their data, and making ransom demands.
The group is allegedly based in South America.
Details of the arrest began to roll out soon after a Bloomberg report pointed to an Oxford teenager as the ringleader of the group. The 16-year-old is going by “Beachbase” and “White” monikers. He has allegedly amassed a fortune the equivalent of $14 million in Bitcoin. Bloomberg refused to name the minor.
Cybersecurity researchers who shadowed the mastermind for up to a year used forensic evidence to link him to the group. The police did not reveal whether or not they managed to arrest him.
According to the BBC, White’s identity came to light after he fell out with customers and the doxxed him on hacker website.
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