Hacker Threatens to Leak GTA 6 Source Code Unless Demands Met by Rockstar
A hacker has threatened to leak the source code of forthcoming video game Grand Theft Auto 6 unless his/her demands are met by the game’s developer, Rockstar. The hacker made the demand in a statement posted on an unnamed online message board earlier this week, claiming to have acquired the confidential source code. In the statement, the hacker made several demands specifically related to GTA 6, including the release of mod tools for the game and the addition of a new online game mode. The hacker also mentioned plans to release additional unreleased source codes from Rockstar unless their demands are met.
Since the hack, Rockstar has not released an official statement, though a spokesperson did say that the company is aware of the incident and is currently investigating it. In the meantime, the anonymous hacker has continued to make posts on the message board, stating that no further action will be taken until Rockstar meets their demands. It is unclear what additional information the hacker may have, or what the exact timeline for Rockstar’s response may be.
These kinds of incidents are increasingly becoming more common in the video game industry, as hackers often try to gain access to source code for the latest games in order to exploit them for financial gain or as part of a personal agenda. The consequences of such hacks can be serious, as they can lead to the release of unfinished or incomplete projects, as well as the potential for the malicious use of confidential data.
Given the potential harms, Rockstar should take the threatened leak seriously and make sure to take the appropriate measures to protect its source code and other confidential data. Though it has yet to be determined what actions will be taken in response to the threat, both Rockstar and its fans will be hoping that the source code remains secure and any further incidents are prevented.