Lapsus $: A 16-year-old Oxford teenager is accused of being one of the leaders of the cybercrime gang Lapsus $.
The teenager, who is alleged to have amassed $ 14m (£ 10.6m) of money laundering. Has been named by criminal robbers and researchers.
City of London police say they have arrested seven teenagers. In connection with the group but will not say whether he is one.
Under his online moniker “White” or “Breachbase” the young man, who has autism.
Lapsus $ is relatively young but is one of the most talked about and most feared cybercriminals. After successfully breaking big corporations like Microsoft and bragging about it online.
In connection with a criminal investigation. Our inquiries are ongoing.”
Playing online games
The boy’s father told the BBC: “I have never heard of any of this until recently. He never talked about robbery, but he is very good at computers and spends a lot of time on the computer. I always thought he was playing games.”
“We will try to prevent him from accessing computers.”
The BBC also spoke to the boy’s mother, who declined to comment.
Criminals have revealed his name, address and photos on social media.
They also wrote a history of his robbery, saying: “A few years later his money was raised more than 300BTC [nearly $ 14 million]. He is now working with a wannabe ransomware group known as’ Lapsus $ ‘. Who has been cheating again’ robbing ‘a few organizations. “
As first reported by Bloomberg, online security researchers have been tracking. “White” for nearly a year and linking him to Lapsus $ and other robberies.
“We have his name since the middle of last year and identified him before.
“Unit 221B, working with [cybersecurity company] Palo Alto after identifying the actor, monitored his actions in 2021, regularly sending lawmakers to report on recent cases.”
Ms Nixon says researchers have tracked her with a track record of events linked to the boy’s online accounts.
“We did it by looking at the account post history and seeing. The old posts providing contact details for this guy.”
Lapsus $ staff
The Lapsus $ cyber-extortion team gained fame in a short period of time due to its high profile goals and active presence in the Telegram messaging app. Its channel has grown to 47,000 subscribers.
The final message was posted on the station on Wednesday. With the group saying: “A few of our members have a holiday until 30/3/2022. We may be quiet from time to time. Thank you for understanding – we will try to speed up.
Chris Morgan, of security company Cyber-Security Digital Shadows. Says Lapsus $ has risen sharply in recent months. “After identifying a number of technology companies. Breaking large amounts of data and sending to their dedicated Telegram data leak channel”.
Some researchers thought the group was based in South America,” Mr Morgan said.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Microsoft said Lapsus $ had limited access to its system.
The security company Okta admitted that it had also been hijacked by the group, with serious consequences for its customers.