Lapsus$: Two UK teenagers charged in connection with hacking for this group

Paragraph[German]The London Police have now announced that two teenagers aged 16 and 17 from the UK will be charged with involvement in activities of the Lapsus$ hacking group. The identities of members of the hacking group had become known a few days ago. Seven youths were briefly detained but then released. Now two of the suspects are in custody.


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Some Background

The Lapsus$ group has gained some media attention in recent weeks with a series of attacks on technology companies, including Microsoft Corp. and Nvidia Corp. I reported on the hacks of the Lapsus$ group several times – see links at the end of the article.

Four security researchers investigated a series of attacks by the Lapsus$ hacker group on behalf of the companies attacked. The cyber researchers used forensic evidence from the hacks as well as publicly available information to find and name the authors or members of the Lapsus$ group. I had reported on this in the blog post Lapsus$ hacker group debunked? Teenager from Britain and Brazil suspected?

Then there was a brief arrest in the UK of seven teenagers allegedly linked to the activities of the Lapsus$ group. Again, I had reported on the case in the blog post 7 teenagers arrested in connection with the LAPSUS$ hacks. However, since the young people were released again, the question remained open what happens next.

Two accused teens charged & in custody

In a brief press release from the London Police, it is mentioned that two teens, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, have now been charged in connection with the investigation. These individuals are now in police custody and were appeared to the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Friday 1 April 2022. Within the press release, titled Two teenagers charged in connection with investigation into hacking group, Detective Inspector Michael O'Sullivan, from the City of London Police, said:

"The City of London Police has been conducting an investigation into members of a hacking group. Two teenagers, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, have been charged in connection with this investigation and remain in police custody.

"Both teenagers have been charged with: three counts of unauthorised access to a computer with intent to impair the reliability of data; one count of fraud by false representation and one count of unauthorised access to a computer with intent to hinder access to data. The 16-year-old has also been charged with one count of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised access to a program.

"They will both appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court this morning (1 April 2022)."

Similar articles:
Ubisoft hacked by Lapsus$ cyber gang (March 2022)
Cyber attacks on Nvidia and McDonalds (Feb. 25, 2022)
Samsung bestätigt Hack, Quellcodes durch Lapsus$ geleakt
Lapsus$ allegedly publishes source code of Microsoft Azure, Bing and Cortana
Authentication service OKTA hacked by Lapsus$?
Lapsus$ hacks: statements from Okta and Microsoft
Lapsus$ hacker group debunked? Teenager from Britain and Brazil suspected?
7 teenagers arrested in connection with the LAPSUS$ hacks
Okta admits a mistake regarding disclosure in "Lapsus$ hack"


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