Unknown threat actors have started leaking the source code for Grand Theft Auto 5 following the widely publicized Sep. 2022 hacker attack on the game’s developer, Rockstar Games.
Last year’s breach of Rockstar keeps yielding for the hacking community. After leaks involving GTA 6, the newest and yet-unreleased version of the popular franchise, threat actors have now turned their attention to an older iteration of the game series.
As reported by BleepingComputer, the source code for GTA 5 was leaked on Christmas Eve by someone identified simply as ‘Phil’ on a Telegram channel.
The channel owner posted links to the stolen source code, as well as a screenshot of one of the folders.
In a separate post, ‘Phil’ pays homage to Arion Kurtaj, a member of the Lapsus$ hacking crew, who leaked pre-release videos of GTA 6 and most recently was sentenced to an indefinite hospital order.
Kurtaj, who reportedly has severe autism, was a key figure in the gang’s attacks on multiple tech giants, including Uber, Revolut, Nvidia, as well as the September attack on Rockstar Games. The attacks reportedly dealt combined damages of some $10 million USD to the victim companies.
Kurtaj was described as violent while in custody. Due to his advanced hacking skills and continued desire to commit cyber-crime, Kurtaj has been deemed as a high risk figure. Doctors deemed Kurtaj unfit to stand trial due to his medical condition.
According to the BBC, the hacker will remain at a secure hospital until doctors no longer deem him a danger.