Remember the internet uproar over the massive GTA VI leak? That story’s still brewing, even though it’s been on the back burner for a bit. Now, there’s a new twist. The young leaker involved with the GTA VI leak might end up spending the rest of his life in a hospital.
Let’s take a step back. Last year, Rockstar Games, the folks behind GTA VI, were hit by a storm of drama. A whopping 90 clips of the unreleased game were leaked online. That wasn’t all. The source code for the game was leaked too. The culprits? A hacker group called Lapsus$. They wanted a ransom from Rockstar Games. But, no dice. The ransom went unpaid.
Fast forward a bit. Two individuals got arrested. Both of them were under 19. One was an 18-year-old named Arion Kurtaj, and the other was a 17-year-old whose name wasn’t released because he’s a minor. Their rap sheet? Hacking Rockstar, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Uber.
Now, let’s talk about Kurtaj. He was in the limelight after the news broke. But, this wasn’t his first rodeo. He’d been arrested and bailed for hacking Nvidia and BT/EE. You’d think he’d have learned his lesson, right? But no. From a hotel, using an Amazon Fire Stick, the hotel’s TV, and his phone, he attacked Rockstar. That led to another arrest.
Here’s where things get tricky. Kurtaj was diagnosed with acute autism after a mental health assessment. The doctors said he couldn’t stand trial because of it. This took the trial in a whole new direction. Things got even more complicated when it came out that Kurtaj was violent.
During the mental assessment, the examiners found that Kurtaj still wanted to go back to cybercrime. He was “highly motivated”, even after multiple arrests. So, the jury had to make a tough call.
Kurtaj’s going to stay in a hospital indefinitely. It’s kinda like a life sentence, but not set in stone. If he’s deemed no longer a danger, things might change. We’ll have to wait and see how this sentence plays out.
In the meantime, the trailer for GTA VI has hit the internet. And people are loving it. It’s set to come out in 2025. So, stay tuned.