Two UK teenagers, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, have been arrested by the City of London Police for their suspected links to the hacking group Lapsus$ which has carried out a number of attacks on high profile targets. Both have been charged and remain in police custody.
According to the City of London Police announcement, the two boys appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court but it has not said anything on this front since. The teens are being 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.
Last week, we reported that the City of London Police had arrested a group of seven teenagers that were suspected of being involved with Lapsus$ so it’s interesting to see that just two have been charged. At the time, it was also reported that a 16-year-old from Oxford had his name revealed by rival hackers – he could be the same person as the one who has been charged but that’s a bit unclear.
Last week, the group stated on its Telegram channel that some of its members were on “vacation” and that updates may take some time. The group has resumed activity again and has leaked admin passwords for Globant’s platforms. Globant is an Argentinian IT and software development company.