US $ has become the hacker group of the moment, following its recent attacks on some of the world’s largest companies. However, the story would have taken an unexpected turn with the apparent identification of its leader, who would be a 16-year-old from Oxford, England.
Yes, you read that right. NVIDIA, Samsung, Okta and Microsoft, among others, were allegedly hacked by hackers commissioned by a minor who lives with his mother. The novelty was known thanks to a report by Bloombergwhich mentions that the specialists would have identified seven accounts linked to LAPSUS$.
Right from the start, the situation leaves us with some peculiar edges. And not just because a teenager is said to be the “mastermind” behind the recent wave of high-profile cyberattacks; but also because when hackers discovered his roots were said to be in Latin America. Moreover, the attack on Mercado Libre seemed to ratify the group’s ties to the region, given that said company was founded in Argentina.
However, the revelation of the apparent English leader would give a greater degree of complexity to the origin of the hackers. In any case, the link with South America is not excluded, far from it. According to the researchers, another LAPSUS$ member identified is a teenager from Brazil.
A teenage hacker running LAPSUS$?
For logical reasons, the report does not mention the true identity of the teenager who would have been identified as the leader of LAPSUS$. However, this indicates that his online aliases would be White and breach of base. He also mentions that cybersecurity experts believe that the young man in question is indeed the mastermind of the group of hackers, although they could not have connected it to all the attacks perpetrated by the same.
Now the big question is how they were able to find the people supposedly involved in the hacks. Apparently, the specialists relied not only on the forensic evidence collected during each of the attacks, but also on public information that other hackers have leaked on the web. The exposure obtained by LAPSUS$ in recent weeks has reportedly led to the group’s rivals exposing the personal data of some of its members, including White.
Undoubtedly, we are faced with a truly striking situation. According to experts who studied the case, the British teenager would be such a skilled hacker that some of his attacks seemed automated, when in fact they were carried out manually. But LAPSUS$’s decision not to cover their tracks after each intervention, as well as the promotion of their activities via Telegram, would have been crucial in identifying him.
A story worthy of a movie
If you think what’s on display here isn’t enough to make the LAPSUS$ story into a movie, there’s more. Bloomberg approached the home of the alleged teenage leader of the hacker group and talked to his mother, who claimed to be unaware of his son’s apparent cybercriminal activities. The woman even assured that she would call the police, although there is currently no official statement from the security forces on this subject.
will have to see how does this situation affect the performance of LAPSUS$, and if this means its dissolution. The hacking group has been very active since early March, with a series of major leaks. Moreover, they had launched a campaign to capture employees of big companies who wanted to collaborate in their criminal activities. It wouldn’t be unusual for the other members to keep quiet for the next few weeks, waiting for the waters to calm down.
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