Hacker steals Grand Theft Auto 6 source code, videos • The Register

Take-Two Interactive confirmed Monday that its Rockstar Games subsidiary was compromised and confidential data for Grand Theft Auto 6 was stolen.

It also appears that at least some of the material was leaked online via a message board.

“Rockstar Games recently experienced a network breach where an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded from its systems confidential information, including early development material for the next Grand Theft Auto,” the company said in a 09/19 securities filing. “Current services from Rockstar Games are not affected. We have already taken steps to isolate and contain this incident.”

The store said that work on Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) is proceeding as planned and that the game’s development and release schedule should not be impacted.

Rockstar Games made a similar statement via twitterexpressed his disappointment and promised an update on the situation soon.

The hacking incident happened nine years after the release of the previous iteration of the GTA franchise on September 17, 2013.

On Sunday, an individual claimed without evidence to have attended the latest Uber hack and posting published screenshots of the game source code under the pseudonym “teapotuberhacker”. a discussion thread on gtaforums.com entitled “GTA 6 (Americas) Leak – 90+ .mp4 Footage/Videos.”

The posts – since modified by moderators – included a screenshot of a Python build script called GTA6.py, a screenshot of the GTA5 C++ source code, links to the source code copied to paste.ee, and a gofile.io link to download the stolen videos, among other evidence of the compromise.

Screenshot of the GTA 6 developer documentation

Screenshot of the GTA 6 developer documentation from the leak… Click to enlarge

in the one of the forum poststhe self-proclaimed hacker wrote, “These videos were downloaded from Slack (employee communications).” Coincidentally, during this attack, the Uber hacker gained admin control of a Slack workspace.

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At one point, the alleged thief’s post was edited to include an invitation to a Rockstar Games or Take-Two Interactive employee negotiate a deal – presumably based on a promise to withhold release of source code and other intellectual property not already made public. This text no longer appears in the person’s post.

Some of the videos were posted on YouTube and AWAY. But some were rebooked and were available at the time this story was submitted. The video posted shows gameplay as a developer would see it, with scenario editor and world editor controls, and technical analysis for performance monitoring and troubleshooting.

No final release date has been announced for GTA 6, but reports suggest the game won’t be out for at least a year or two. GTA5 is said to have cost $137 million to produce. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/19/grand_theft_auto_6_hacked/ Hacker steals Grand Theft Auto 6 source code, videos • The Register

Laura Coffey

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