Video game publisher Rockstar Games has confirmed it suffered a network intrusion, which resulted in the leak of confidential information, including the early development footage from the next installment in its blockbuster “Grand Theft Auto” franchise.
“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 company said in a security notice posted on social media. “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.”
The hack came to light over the weekend after a user going online as “teapotuberhacker” posted the trove of data containing nearly 90 videos showing various game features on GTAForums. In a message the user said they obtained footage of the GTA 6 game, source code for GTA 5 and GTA 6, and GTA 6 testing build. It appears that the hacker is attempting to extort Rockstar Games to prevent further data from being released saying that they would only accept offers over $10,000.
The same hacker also claims to be responsible for the recent Uber hack. The company has confirmed the breach but attributed the attack to the Lapsus$ hacker group. It’s unclear at this point whether “teapotuberhacker” has any connection to Lapsus$.