Cybersecurity Researchers Trace Lapsus$ Attacks to a Teenager from England

Cybersecurity Researchers Trace Lapsus$ Attacks to a Teenager from England

Lapsus$, a hacker collective, recently made headlines by publishing source codes it claimed to have stolen from Microsoft and Okta. According to Bloomberg, cybersecurity professionals probing the assaults have linked them to a 16-year-old boy who lives with his mother near Oxford, England. The researchers think the teenager from England is the mastermind and is behind some of the largest Lapsus$ breaches, even though they have identified seven accounts affiliated with the hacking organization, one of which was tracked to another teenager in Brazil. However, they could not link the adolescent to all of the group's attacks.

To confirm that the youngster was definitely engaged, the experts looked at forensic data from the breaches and public information. Rival hackers allegedly published the teen's report online, including his address and information about his parents. Bloomberg did not reveal the teen's identity, instead of revealing that he used the identities "White" and "breach base." White is said to be so talented and quick at hacking that researchers previously assumed the attacks were automated.

Given the actor's lack of covert operations, several cybersecurity experts believe the gang is driven not just by money but also by notoriety. The organization even promotes its breaches on social media and publicly makes pleas for employees wanting to sell their workplace logins, according to Microsoft's study into the Lapsus$ assaults. To taunt those reacting to their assaults, the bad actor enters targets' communication channels, such as Zoom conversations.

Microsoft stated that the group first targeted institutions in the United Kingdom and South America, but it has now grown to include government agencies, telcos, and healthcare corporations worldwide. Both Microsoft and Okta confessed to having had a security breach, although both say that the assaults had only a minor impact.


 

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