British police arrest 7 alleged Lapsus$ hackers

In a significant development, the British police have arrested 7 people following a series of hacks by the Lapsus$ hacking group which targeted companies including Microsoft Corp and Okta Inc.

The authentication services of San Francisco-based Okta Inc are used by some of the world’s biggest companies to provide access to their networks.

Last week the company disclosed that a breach in its network saying hackers had gained access to its systems and customer data may have been affected.

“The City of London Police has been conducting an investigation with its partners into members of a hacking group,” said Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan in reference to the Lapsus$ hacking group.

The hacking group had posted a series of screenshots of Okta’s internal communications on their Telegram channel.

“Seven people between the ages of 16 and 21 have been arrested in connection with this investigation and have all been released under investigation,” said O’Sullivan.

Incidentally, the City of London Police did not directly name Lapsus$ in its statement. None of the seven people who have been arrested have been formally charged, pending investigation.



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