Lapsus$: a teenager who lives with his mother is the mastermind of massive hacks

Lapsus$: a teenager who lives with his mother is the mastermind of massive hacks

A teenager who lives with his mother is thought to be the mastermind behind the hack (Photo: EFE/Ritchie B. Tongo/File)

They recently made themselves known cyberattacks against big tech companies like Microsoft, NvidiaOkta, an e-commerce platform, among others, by hackers of the group slip $who according to the researchers are teenagers, and the brain is 16 years old and lives in a modest house with his mother.

Not so long ago, it was reported that Lapsus$ managed to infiltrate several companies. Its havoc has been described by some media as a “historical hack” by extract 1 TB of sensitive data. After making all the chaos, they made themselves known data on the particular group that caused tech companies to lose designs, source codes.

Due to the scale of the attack, many imagined the group of hackers to be made up of experienced adults, however, it was a surprise that, according to Bloombergare teenagers and the brain is 16 and “lives in his mother’s house” in England.

A teenager is the mastermind of a massive corporate hack (Photo: EFE/Sascha Steinbach)

A teenager is the mastermind of a massive corporate hack (Photo: EFE/Sascha Steinbach)

“Researchers suspect that the teenager was behind some of the major attacks carried out by Lapsus$, but haven’t been able to conclusively link it to all the attacks that Lapsus$ claimed,” he says. Bloomberg.

Similarly, cyber investigators used forensic evidence from the hacks and public information to link the teenager, whose name has not been released as he is underage, but he is known by the aliases of “White” and “breachbase”. Due to his age, he has not been identified by police for any crime.

Another of Lapsus$’s suspicious members is a teenager who lives in Brazil.. Investigators have found seven unique accounts associated with the hacking group, indicating that other people are likely involved in the group’s operations.

According to those involved in the investigation, the miner is so skillful and quick to hackwhich initially made them think the attacks were automated and not performed by a person.

ILLUSTRATION - Cybercriminals partly operate on the dark internet (Photo: Franziska Gabbert/dpa)

ILLUSTRATION – Cybercriminals partly operate on the dark internet (Photo: Franziska Gabbert/dpa)

Business Lapsus$ hacks have been so varied and sarcastic, that they even joined Zoom calls from companies that transgressedwhere employees and consultants trying to clean up their hack were mocked.

Microsft, one of the companies affected, admitted to being a victim of Lapsus$ in a blog post, where it explained that the group had embarked on a “campaign of social engineering and large-scale extortion against several organizations.

the modus operandi main purpose of the group is to hack companies, steal your data and demand a ransom for not disclosing it. Microsoft tracks Lapsus$ as “DEV-0537” and said the group succeeded in recruiting insiders at victimized companies to help with its attacks.

At least seven people are behind the attacks (Photo: File)

At least seven people are behind the attacks (Photo: File)

The group suffers from poor operational security, according to two of the investigators, which enables cybersecurity companies to gain intimate knowledge of teenage hackers.

“Unlike most activity groups that stay under the radar, DEV-0537 doesn’t seem to cover its tracks,” Microsoft said in a blog post. “They go so far as to announce their attacks on social networks or publicize their intention to purchase employee IDs from target organizations. DEV-0537 began targeting organizations in the UK and South America, but has expanded to global targets, including organizations in government, technology, telecommunications, media, retail and healthcare.

The teenage hacker’s personal details in England, including his address and information about his parents, have been published online by rival hackers.

Illustrative image (Photo: File)

Illustrative image (Photo: File)

A journalist from Bloomberg, who interviewed a woman who identified herself as the child’s mother. For about 10 minutes they talked through an intercom system with a buzzer. The house was described as “a modest terraced house in a quiet street”.

The woman said she was unaware of the allegations against her son or of the leaked documents. He said he was upset that videos and photos of his house and the teenager’s father’s house were included. The mother said the teenager lived at the address and had been harassed by others, but many other leaked details could not be confirmed by the outlet.

They say he refused to discuss his son in any way or make him available for an interview, saying the issue was a law enforcement matter and he was contacting the police.

(With information from Bloomberg)

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