2 British Teens of LAPSUS$ Group have been Punished for Performing High-Profile Cyberattacks Like GTA6.

2 British Teens of LAPSUS$

2 British Teens of  LAPSUS$ Group have been Punished for Performing High-Profile Cyberattacks Like GTA6.

2 British Teens of LAPSUS$ Group who were members of the LAPSUS$ cybercrime and extortion syndicate have been given sentences for their involvement in planning a series of prominent attacks on multiple companies.

According to BBC, Arion Kurtaj, an 18-year-old resident of Oxford, has been given an indefinite hospital order because of his intention to promptly resume engaging in cybercrime. Kurtaj, who has autism, was determined to be ineligible for trial.

A 17-year-old unidentified kid who is part of LAPSUS$ was given an 18-month Youth Rehabilitation Order, which includes a three-month period of intense supervision and surveillance. The individual was convicted on two charges of fraud, two offenses under the Computer Misuse Act, and one charge of blackmail.

The two defendants were initially apprehended in January 2022, and subsequently released pending further investigation. In March 2022, they were arrested again. Although Kurtaj was subsequently released on bail, he persisted in assaulting multiple companies until his re-arrest in September.

The series of attacks occurred from August 2020 to September 2022 and focused on BT, EE, Globant, LG, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Okta, Revolut, Rockstar Games, Samsung, Ubisoft, Uber, and Vodafone.

LAPSUS$ is reported to consist of individuals hailing from the United Kingdom and Brazil. In October 2022, a third individual, who is also believed to be a teenager, was apprehended in the South American country.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB) produced a study this year that disclosed the utilization of SIM-swapping assaults by threat actors to gain control of victim accounts and infiltrate target networks. Additionally, it employed a Telegram channel to disseminate information about its activities and coerce its targets into compliance.

In the past year, the fame gained by LAPSUS$ has also resulted in the formation of another group known as Scattered Spider. Both groups are constituents of a broader organization that identifies itself as the Comm.

As per the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Comm is comprised of a geographically varied collection of individuals, organized into different subgroups, who collaborate through online communication platforms like Discord and Telegram. Their activities include corporate intrusions, SIM swapping, crypto theft, real-life violence, and swatting.

“This case exemplifies the perils that young individuals can be enticed by while using the internet and the significant repercussions it can have on their overall future,” stated Amanda Horsburgh, detective chief superintendent of the City of London Police.

“Numerous adolescents aspire to delve into the inner workings of technology and uncover its vulnerabilities.” This includes activities such as acquiring coding skills, engaging with similar-minded persons through online platforms, and exploring various technologies through experimentation. Regrettably, the allure of the digital realm can sometimes be alluring to young individuals for inappropriate motives.

About The Author:

Yogesh Naager is a content marketer who specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM.  Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way.  He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts.  He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field.  In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.


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