The LAPSUS$ hacking group has successfully infiltrated Nvidia, Samsung, Okta and Microsoft, so security researchers were surprised when they learned that the group was run by a 16-year-old man.
As Bloomberg reports, four security researchers have been asked to investigate the LAPSUS$ hack, which traced the activity of a teenager living with his mother near Oxford in England. In all, seven individuals have been linked to the group, with another being a Brazilian juvenile.
For now, researchers don’t have enough conclusive evidence to say for sure that the Oxford teenager did all the LAPSUS$-claimed hacks, but the forensic evidence collected certainly suggests he is the mastermind. Due to her age and the ongoing investigation, the real name of the teenager is not being disclosed. Online, they are referred to as “Whites” or “Breachbases”.
Although the group has proven time and again that it is very good at extracting information from companies, it is pretty sloppy when it comes to protecting the identities of its members. Full details of where the teen lives in Oxford, and complete details of his parents have been published online by other hackers.
Bloomberg visited the home and spoke to a mother who was not aware of the allegations against her son. She ended the interview (via a doorbell intercom) by saying that she was going to call the police. For now, the FBI, the National Crime Agency and Thames Valley Police are either not responding or declining to comment on Bloomberg’s requests on the matter.