Teen who leaked Grand Theft Auto VI sentenced to indefinite stay in “secure hospital,” report says

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A British judge has sentenced the 18-year-old hacker who leaked footage of the unreleased video game Grand Theft Auto VI to indefinite detention in a secure hospital, according to a BBC report.

The hacker, Arion Kurtaj, leaked 90 clips from Rockstar Games’ upcoming Grand Theft Auto VI and also launched cyber attacks on Uber, Nvidia and other companies. A British jury in August convicted Kurtaj and another teenager, who were members of the international hacker group Lapsus$, for hacking, fraud and extortion.

Rockstar Games did not respond to CBS MoneyWatch’s request for comment on the breach.

The judge presiding over the case ruled that Kurtaj should be placed in a secure hospital until psychiatry decided he no longer posed a risk to the public, according to the BBC. Doctors had assessed Kurtaj, who is severely autistic, unfit to stand trial.

Kurtaj remains “a high risk of serious harm to the public through skill in gaining unfettered access to computers,” the judge said in court Thursday this week, according to Bloomberg.

While on bail awaiting sentencing for the cyberattacks and despite his laptop being confiscated, Kurtaj carried out the Grand Theft Auto hack using an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a hotel TV and his mobile phone, the BBC reported. He broke the company’s internal messaging system and wrote, “if Rockstar doesn’t contact me on Telegram within 24 hours, I will start releasing the source code.” He published the code and clips from the video game soon after, according to the broadcaster.

GTA 6 is among the most anticipated video game releases of all time. Less than a day after Rockstar posted a trailer, it had more than 60 million views on YouTube. The game is scheduled to be released sometime in 2025.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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