UK teenager suspected of hacking Microsoft, Nvidia and Ubisoft


A UK teenager has been identified as the alleged mastermind of a series of hacks by major tech companies. The Lapsus$ hacker group is believed to be responsible for recent attacks on Nvidia, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Samsung and Vodaphone.

The four cybersecurity researchers investigating the attacks believe at least some of them were perpetrated by a 16-year-old living at his mother’s house near Oxford, England, according to Bloomberg.

His personal information, including his address, was posted online by rival hackers.

A Bloomberg reporter visited the address and spoke to the teenager’s mother, who said she was unaware of the allegations against her son, who had not been publicly charged with any wrongdoing by law enforcement.

Another member of Lapsus$ is a teenager living in Brazil, and researchers have reportedly identified seven unique accounts associated with the hacker group, suggesting that several more members are at large.

Earlier this month, Lapsus$ claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on Nvidia that may have included stealing the source code for the company’s DLSS technology.

Shortly thereafter, the group claimed to be behind the attack on Samsung, which resulted in the theft of a significant amount of data, including the algorithms of biometric technologies that the company uses in its products.

On March 10, Ubisoft announced that it had also been hit by a cybersecurity incident. And on Wednesday, Microsoft confirmed that partial source code for Bing and Cortana was stolen in an attack.

It’s not yet clear what caused the hacks, but the researchers said they believe Lapsus$ is driven by money and fame.

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