Do you have any sensitive information in your company’s Slack channels? Well, you may want to invest in non-cloud based storage. On Monday, an 18-year-old hacker named “teapotuberhacker” allegedly breached Rockstar Games’ Slack messages and stole more than 90 videos from an upcoming yet unannounced game. that project? Grand Theft Auto VI—just one of the most anticipated titles of the last 10 years. By posting the videos on GTAForums, fans were able to see the yet-to-be-shared footage, revealing plot details, location, game mechanics, characters, and just about anything else a video game developer would want to keep secret until it was ready. to show off. .
For context on how massive this hack is, GTA V—that hasn’t received a proper sequel in almost a decade—it surpassed $1 billion (!) in sales in just three days after its release in 2013. It became the fastest-selling entertainment product in history, a record it still holds. GTA V it was once the best-selling video game of all time, until Minecraft overtook it to become #1 in 2019. That’s all to say that when GTA V was going to be announced reallyIt was going to be a historic moment. To put it into perspective with another media giant, it would be like no one knew that James Cameron is working on a sequel to Avatar Y footage of Avatar: The Way of Water Internet filtering.
“We are extremely disappointed that details of our next game are being shared with all of you in this way,” Rockstar Games said in a statement. an official statement on Monday. “Our work in the next Grand Theft Auto The game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to providing you, our players, with an experience that truly exceeds your expectations. We’ll update everyone again soon, and of course we’ll properly introduce this game to you when it’s ready.”
So how did the hacker do it? Well, we might have a clue. The hacker claimed responsibility for a similar security breach at ride-sharing company Uber just a week earlier. They allegedly hacked into the ride-sharing company’s Slack by tricking an employee into granting them access. They were reportedly spammed with multi-factor authentication (MFA) push notifications until they were allowed access to their internal systems, where they could examine the source code. “Hello @here. I am announcing that I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach,” the alleged hacker wrote on his company’s Slack. Many Uber employees, who must have thought it was a joke, strangely responded with various emojis that do not correspond to someone who just found out that his private information had just been stolen online. Regardless, the same phishing method could be at play with the Rockstar breach.
Along with the video leak, the hacker is also allegedly blackmailing Rockstar Games for GTA V Y GTA VThe source code of , which contains all the information needed to run the game. With the source code, anyone could produce a pirated and even modified version of certain aspects of the game. Depending on how much was stolen, such a leak could even hurt future sales of GTA V and accidentally revealing trade secrets of the game’s developers.
Leaks of unreleased footage of games still in development haven’t been new to the gaming industry, but source code blackmail is serious business. Just last August, entire scenes from the last of us part 1 The remake somehow found its way onto YouTube, where fans selected various aspects of the game before it could be properly announced. Neil Druckman, co-chairman of Naughty Dog (the company that made The last of us) expressed his support for Rockstar on Twitter, writing: “To my fellow developers affected by the latest leak, please know that while it feels overwhelming right now, it will pass. One day we will be playing your game, appreciating your craft, and leaks will be relegated to a footnote on a page of Wikipedia. Keep pushing. Keep making art.”
cyberpunk 2077 mission director Paweł Sasko also it was pronounced, expressing regret that “years of work are now being shredded, torn apart, analyzed, misinterpreted, taken out of context, and memes.” He called it “a destructive cycle game industry that tastes too good” and urged people to “help make it better and not get involved with leaks.” cyberpunk 2077plagued by dozens of leaks and countless performance issues upon release, it was even removed from the PlayStation Online Store for six months while the game underwent considerable improvements.
Whats Next? While we wait for a proper introduction to GTA V, Rockstar will likely be working behind the scenes to try and get through this PR nightmare. If an agreement is ever reached to recover the hacker’s source code, it is very unlikely that the public will find out. That said, it’s not impossible that the hacker’s targets end up with Uber and Rockstar Games before an investigation can determine his identity. Until then, watch your Slack notifications!
Josh Rosenberg is an entertainment writer living in Brooklyn who maintains a steady diet of a movie a day; His work can be found on Spin, Insider, Vibe and on his personal blog at Roseandblog.com.
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