Rockstar Games suffers leak of new Grand Theft Auto footage.
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Rockstar Games has fallen victim to a hacker who leaked early development footage of the new Grand Theft Auto game that is in development.

Rockstar Games suffers leak of new Grand Theft Auto footage.

AP reports that Rockstar Games has suffered an intrusion into its network. This hack resulted in a leak of the company’s new Grand Theft Auto game that is in early development. Someone claiming to be the hacker apparently posted ninety clips from the theft and claimed also to have source code for the game, which they want to sell for at least upwards of $10,000. The Video Games Chronicle reports that Rockstar has released a public comment on its social media channels, noting that they were “extremely disappointed” that details of the game were shared by the hacker, and they say that there will not be delays in the project.

Rockstar’s account of what happened.

The public comment on Rockstar Games’ Twitter is as follows:

“We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto. 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.

“We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way. Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations. We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to this next game when it is ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support through this situation.”

The leaked footage, which is over an hour long, has Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, fighting to remove links to it, from both YouTube and Grand Theft Auto communities. (Grand Theft Auto is Rockstar’s most famous offering.)

Extortion seems to have been the motive.

Security Week says that the hacker attempted to get Rockstar Games to make him an offer so he wouldn’t leak the information. The same hacker claims to be behind the Uber breach as well, with Computing reporting that they could be affiliated with the Lapsus$ group.