Last Updated on 27/03/2022 by Nidhi Khandelwal
Seven youths between the ages of 16 and 21 have been arrested by the City of London Police for alleged ties to the prolific LAPSUS$ extortion gang, which has been linked to a recent wave of attacks against NVIDIA, Samsung, Ubisoft, LG, Microsoft, and Okta.
“The City of London Police has been investigating members of a hacking organization with its partners,” Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan said in a statement to The Hacker News. “In conjunction with this inquiry, seven people between the ages of 16 and 21 were arrested and released under investigation. Our investigations are still ongoing.”
The news was first reported by BBC News, and it comes after a Bloomberg storey indicated that the group’s mastermind is a 16-year-old Oxford adolescent. It’s unclear whether the kid is among those who have been arrested. The kid, who goes by the online names White or Breachbase, is accused of amassing $14 million in Bitcoin through hacking.
The teen’s father was cited as saying to the broadcaster, “I had never heard of any of this until recently.” “He’s never admitted to hacking, but he’s an expert with computers and spends a lot of time on them. I always assumed he was a prankster.”
According to security reporter Brian Krebs, the “ringleader” bought Doxbin, a website for sharing personal information about targets, last year, only to hand it back to its previous owner in January 2022, but not before releasing the full Doxbin dataset to Telegram.
The Doxbin network retaliated by leaking personal information about “WhiteDoxbin,” including his address and footage supposedly recorded outside his home in the United Kingdom at night.