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Two Underage Kids Accused of Hacking Nvidia, Grand Theft Auto, and Uber

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In Brief

  • Two UK teens face prosecution for hacking big companies like Nvidia, GTA, Revolut, and Uber using their IP addresses.
  • The hackers, linked to notorious group Lapsus$, stole 1TB of sensitive data from Nvidia and demanded ransoms from several companies.
  • One of the teens, Arion Kurtaj, boasted about his hacks online, aiding investigators in tracking him down.
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Two British teens face prosecution for allegedly hacking into Nvidia, Grand Theft Auto (GTA), Revolut, and Uber. Investigators tracked them through Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and online activities.

While some prodigy teenagers are founding startups and building businesses, some involve themselves in unethical activities like hacking.

UK Teenagers Allegedly Hacked Nvidia and Demanded Ransom

According to Bloomberg, two UK teenagers are facing trial for “serious computer misuse, blackmail and fraud against BT Group Plc, and Nvidia.” 

The 17-year-old teenager’s name cannot be mentioned due to legal restrictions. While the restrictions on naming his 18-year-old partner, Arion Kurtaj, were lifted this week.

The prosecutors claim that the teenage hackers are associated with the infamous hacking group Lapsus$.

According to prosecutors, the teenage hackers stole around one terabyte (TB) of sensitive data from the chipmaker Nvidia. Subsequently, they released some of the data online and threatened the company, stating that they would release the rest unless the ransom money were provided.

Similarly, they demanded ransom money from BT Group, a British telecoms company. The teenage hackers also conducted SIM swap frauds to steal crypto.

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The 17-year-old hacker pleaded guilty to two BT Group-related charges but maintained a not guilty plea for the remaining charges.

British Teens Flaunted Hacks

The investigators tracked down teenage hackers through their IP addresses. Their online flexing about the hacks helped escalate the investigations. Prosecution lawyer Kevin Barry said:

“Kurtaj is highly competent and a genius, but he’s a teenage lad, and he can’t resist bragging.”

Indeed, Kurtaj must be highly competent for hacking into the system of Rockstar Games, the creators of the GTA series. Usually, such big tech giants have high security standards to avoid data leakage.

Kurtaj stole sensitive code and videos of the latest GTA series installment from Rockstar Games.  And he also hacked into Revolut and Uber last year while on bail for other charges.

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...