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Two UK teens charged after arrest over Lapsus$ breaches Featured

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Police in the UK have charged two of the seven teenagers they arrested on 25 March on the charge of being connected to the Lapsus$ group that has been in the news recently over attacks on Samsung, Microsoft and Okta.

In a statement issued on 1 April, Detective Inspector Michael O'Sullivan of the City of London Police, said: “The City of London Police has been conducting an investigation into members of a hacking group.

"Two teenagers, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, have been charged in connection with this investigation and remain in police custody.

“Both teenagers have been charged with: three counts of unauthorised access to a computer with intent to impair the reliability of data; one count of fraud by false representation and one count of unauthorised access to a computer with intent to hinder access to data.

"The 16-year-old has also been charged with one count of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised access to a program.

“They will both appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court this morning (1 April 2022).”

The two who appeared in court were later released on bail. They will next appear at a pre-trial hearing at London's Southwark Crown Court on 29 April.

After the arrests, the group announced it had breached Globant, an IT and software consultancy company based in Luxembourg.

Lapsus$ breached Microsoft, Samsung and identity services provider Okta, the last-named through an outsourced firm.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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