Teen GTA 6 hacker receives an indefinite hospital stay sentence following a mental health evaluation

After undergoing a mental health examination, the teenage GTA 6 hacker was sentenced to an indefinite hospital stay.

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According to The BBC, a London judge has ordered the juvenile hacker who broke into Rockstar Games and leaked Grand Theft Auto VI footage to spend an extended period in the hospital. While being held by police, 18-year-old Arion Kurtaj broke into Rockstar’s servers from a Travelodge hotel. He used only an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a smartphone, a keyboard, and a mouse. (He was back in custody in no time.) Kurtaj had a key role in the global hacker organization Lasus$.

Kurtaj has severe autism, according to the doctors, making him unsuitable to face trial. After the verdict, the jury was told to find out whether the accused person committed the acts, not if he had criminal intent. The judge determined that he posed an excessive risk to the public after receiving information from a mental health examination indicating he “continued to express the intent to return to cybercrime.” The court heard charges of injuries, property damage, and Kurtaj’s claimed detention aggression. So Kurtaj will go to hospital prison.

The popularity of the GTA 6 trailer, which had 128 million views in its first four days, according to Kurtaj’s counsel, negated the possibility that his breach caused significant damage, despite Rockstar’s assertion that it cost them $5 million and hundreds of hours of staff effort.

In the same trial, a second Lapsus$ member was found guilty; however, because they are minors, the 17-year-old’s identity was kept secret. The anonymous hacker was charged with collaborating with Kurtaj and other members of Lapsus$ to breach Nvidia and BT/EE, taking advantage of data breaches, and extorting a $4 million ransom. The juvenile received a punishment that included an 18-month youth rehabilitation order and “intense supervision,” which prohibited the use of VPNs.

The first two Lapsus$ members to be found guilty are the two accomplices. The group’s other “digital bandits,” who are thought to be mostly teens from Brazil and the UK, are still at large, according to the authorities. None of the impacted firms have acknowledged paying the ransom, so it’s unclear what sort of reward the hackers received, if any, from the demands.

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