Two alleged Lapsus$ teens appear in London court

Even after the arrests, the group has released more stolen data.
A statue of Lady Justice holding a sword and balancing scales, on top of the Old Bailey, England's criminal court in the City of London, officially called the Central Criminal Court. (Getty Images)

Two of the teenagers arrested last week for their alleged role in the Lapsus$ cyber extortion group appeared in a London court Friday to formally face multiple charges.

The unidentified teens, aged 16 and 17, are both charged with three counts of unauthorized access to a computer with intent to impair the reliability of the data, one count of fraud by false representation and one count of unauthorized access to a computer with intent to hinder access to data. The 16-year-old faces an additional count of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorized access to a program, according to a statement from City of London Police Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan.

The pair were released on bail, the BBC reported.

The court appearance comes about a week after the City of London Police arrested seven people aged 16 to 21 in connection with an investigation into Lapsus$, a prolific cybercrime group that successfully breached major companies such as Microsoft, Okta, Ubisoft, Nvidia and others in recent months.


Just before the arrests, Bloomberg reported that a 16-year-old living in his mother’s house in Oxford, England was involved with some of the group’s major hacks. The group had also posted a message to its Telegram channel a day before the arrests that “a few of our members has (sic) a vacation until 30/3/2022.”

On March 29 the group posted another message to the channel saying “we are officially back,” and posted a screenshot that appeared to data that appeared to be associated with Globant, an Argentina-based international IT and software development firm. The group claimed to have roughly 70 gigabytes of files.

On March 31 the company admitted it had suffered a data breach affecting a “limited section of our company’s code repository.”

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