It seems like not even video games are safe when it comes to hackers looking to cash in for the sake of other people’s pockets.
According to Game Rant, a hacker reportedly stole a Rockstar source code for Grand Theft Auto 6 and “denies that they sold Grand Theft Auto 5’s source code.”
What this means is that this person could have potentially run off with $100,000 — here’s how.
Reports confirm that a hacker managed to steal GTA 6’s source code from Rockstar. Now, however, they allege that they were able to both steal and sell the source code for GTA 5, the most recent model of the video game.
The leaker — who goes by the name “Tea Pot” — reportedly told followers on the GTAForums website, “All source code and assets for GTA 5 are available. Along with GTA 6 docs.”
The hacker has now said that he will sell GTA 5’s source code and assets and will not accept any offers under 5 figures.
GTA 6 source code is “not for sale at this moment” #GTA6 pic.twitter.com/kHz9w1Xp43
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) September 18, 2022
“Speak [to] me in DM,” said the alleged leaker.
Furthermore, it is said that the person also added that they would not be taking any offers “under 5 figures” for GTA 5.
While it hasn’t officially been confirmed whether or not he really had the source code or if the transaction actually took place, a Twitter user and RockstarINTEL reporter did disclose a transaction record via social media that showed an amount equaling $100,556.81 in Bitcoin was sent to an unknown wallet, Game Rant reports.
“Someone just bought GTA 5’s source code for $100k,” said the user, who goes by the “VideoTech_” on Twitter.
He also speculated that the transaction is all the evidence needed to prove that the scam took place. However, further details as to how they were able to connect the transaction to the potential scam are still unknown.
While the company responsible for the distribution of GTA didn’t directly address the alleged scam, they did reveal that users’ personal information had been compromised.
“We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our system, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto,” wrote the company in a statement shared on Instagram. “At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.”
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As previously reported by AfroTech, the latest version of GTA will introduce a playable female character for the first time ever.
It’s all made possible by developer Take-Two, and the new model is said to be a part of the company’s 2024 fiscal year.
GTA 6 has also reportedly been in the works since 2014.