Police in London revealed on Friday that they have arrested a 17-year-old teenager from Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking.
“On the evening of Thursday 22 September 2022, City of London Police arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire on suspicion of hacking,” the agency said. saidadding “he remains in police custody.”
The department said the arrest was made as part of an investigation in collaboration with the UK National Crime Agency’s cyber crime unit.
No further details about the nature of the investigation were revealed, although it is suspected that the law enforcement action may have something to do with the latest series of high-profile hacks targeting Uber and Rockstar Games.
Both intrusions are alleged to be perpetrated by the same threat actor who goes by the name Tea Pot (aka teapotuberhacker).
Uber, for its part, has pinned the breach on an attacker (or attackers) it believes is linked to the LAPSUS$ extortion gang, two of whom have been charged with fraud.
According to cybersecurity firm Flashpoint, the real-world hacker behind the two incidents is said to have been posted on an illegal online forum.
“The administrator of that forum claimed that teapotuberhacker was the same person who allegedly hacked Microsoft and ‘owned’ Doxbin,” the company revealed on Friday.
This also means that the teapotuberhacker actor is likely the same party who is also known by the aliases White, Breachbase, and WhiteDoxbin and is believed to be the “apparent mastermind of LAPSUS$.”
It’s not immediately clear if these claims hold water, but if true, it could explain the recent arrest by law enforcement officials.