Two teenagers charged in relation to LAPSUS$ hacking group investigation

Graham Cluley
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Two teenagers charged in relation to LAPSUS$ hacking group investigation

City of London Police have charged two teenagers in relation to the ongoing investigation into the LAPSUS$ hacking group.

The teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were scheduled to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in Islington this morning.

The pair 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.

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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, British police announced that they had arrested seven people between the ages of 16 and 21 in relation to their investigation into the LAPSUS$ group which has stolen and leaked data from the likes of Microsoft, NVIDIA, Ubisoft, Samsung, Globant, and Okta.

The FBI recently requested the public’s assistance in identifying anybody connected with the LAPSUS$ group.

The two charged teenagers cannot be named for legal reasons.

As yet, there has been no comment about the charges against the teenagers on LAPSUS$’s normally garrulous Telegram channel.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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