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FBI Launches An Investigation Into Grand Theft Auto VI Leaks

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The FBI and Department of Justice have officially launched an investigation into the alleged Rockstar Games hacker who retrieved and uploaded over 90 clips of the upcoming game.

In case you missed it, a hacker that goes by the name of teapotuberhacker officially removed the veil on some of Grand Theft Auto VI’s assets last week. Although many initially thought it to be a hoax, Rockstar Games did, in the end, post a statement, saying that the leak was authentic, and that it is now working alongside the FBI and Department of Justice to double down on the matter.

“We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto,” the official statement reads. “At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.”

“We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way,” the statement continues. “Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations. We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to this next game when it is ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support through this situation.”

Uber Speaks Up About Hacking Firm

One of teapotuberhacker’s other targets, Uber, also released a statement to accompany Rockstar Games’ official statement.

“We believe that this attacker (or attackers) are affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, which has been increasingly active over the last year or so,” the statement reads. “This group typically uses similar techniques to target technology companies, and in 2022 alone has breached Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta, among others. There are also reports over the weekend that this same actor breached video game maker Rockstar Games. We are in close coordination with the FBI and US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts.”

Of course, we aren’t entirely sure what’ll come of this, or whether or not it’ll lead to anything serious. That said, as Grand Theft Auto VI is one of the most anticipated games of all time, it’s unlikely Rockstar Games will turn a blind eye to the attack. As for what’ll happen and when, though, is anybody’s guess.

So, what’s your take? What do you make of the leak? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Jord is acting Team Leader at gaming.net. If he isn't blabbering on in his daily listicles, then he's probably out writing fantasy novels or scraping Game Pass of all its slept on indies.