The British 18-year-old alleged mastermind behind the notorious Lapsus$ hacking attacks has been found guilty by a jury in London. His charges include breaking into tech companies, stealing data and demanding a ransom to prevent leaks.
The 18-year-old prime suspect and presumed mastermind behind the notorious hacker group, Arion Kurtaj of Oxford, UK, was found guilty. More specifically, he was charged with breaking into tech companies, stealing data and demanding a ransom to prevent leaks.
Lapsus$ hacks in 2022
Under the name Lapsus$, Kurtaj attacked and extorted large and well-known tech companies together with other teens from various countries. The affected companies included Cisco, Okta, Nvidia, T-Mobile, Samsung, Vodafone, Ubisoft, 2K, and Globant. Tech service providers such as Uber and Revolut and game developer Rockstar Games were also targeted.
Arrests in 2022
Kurtaj was arrested twice: his hacking activities landed him in hot water in January and March 2022. The first time, he was taken into custody after a simswap attack on mobile operator EEE and later for the Lapsus$ attacks on various tech companies.
While he was released on bail last year, he also allegedly hacked into the City of London Police’s cloud storage environment.
Punishment still unknown
In total, the young mastermind is said to have earned about 300 Bitcoin from his hacking activities. This money was spent on online gambling. What possible punishment Arion Kurtaj will receive, is unknown.