Teen GTA 6 hacker sentenced to an indefinite hospitalization after psychological well being evaluation

A London decide has sentenced the teenage hacker who infiltrated Rockstar Video games, leaking Grand Theft Auto VI footage, to an indefinite hospitalization, as reported by The BBC. The 18-year-old, Arion Kurtaj, breached Rockstar’s servers from a Travelodge hotel whereas beneath police custody, utilizing solely an Amazon Fire TV Stick, smartphone, keyboard and mouse. (He was promptly re-arrested.) Kurtaj was a central member of the Lasus$ worldwide hacking group.

Medical doctors declared Kurtaj unfit to face trial as a result of he has acute autism. Following the judgment, the jury was instructed to find out if he dedicated the alleged crimes, not whether or not he had felony intent. Following a psychological well being evaluation suggesting he “continued to precise the intent to return to cybercrime,” the decide determined he remained too excessive a danger to the general public. The courtroom additionally heard accounts of Kurtaj’s allegedly violent habits whereas in custody, together with reviews of harm and property harm. And so Kurtaj will now be dedicated to a hospital jail.

Regardless of Rockstar’s declare that the hack value it $5 million and hundreds of hours of workers time, Kurtaj’s attorneys argued the success of the GTA 6 trailer, which racked up 128 million views in its first 4 days, meant his hack didn’t trigger severe hurt.

A second Lapsus$ member was discovered responsible in the identical trial, however the 17-year-old’s identify wasn’t made public as a result of they’re a minor. The unnamed hacker was accused of working with Kurtaj and different Lapsus$ members to infiltrate Nvidia and cellphone firm BT/EE, stealing information and demanding a $4 million ransom. The minor was sentenced to an 18-month youth rehabilitation order beneath “intense supervision,” together with a ban on VPN use.

The 2 accomplices are the primary Lapsus$ members to be convicted. Authorities consider different “digital bandits” within the group (suspected to be primarily youngsters within the UK and Brazil) are nonetheless at massive. It isn’t clear what sort of payoff the hackers received from the ransom requests, if any, as not one of the affected corporations have admitted to ponying up.

This text initially appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/gta-6-hacker-is-sentenced-to-an-indefinite-hospitalization-194251395.html?src=rss

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