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In response to the unofficial leak of early gameplay footage for Grand Theft Auto VI, Rockstar Games issued an official statement confirming their side of an alleged hack.
“We recently suffered a network breach in which an unauthorized third party accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems,” Rockstar said in a press release. “We do not expect any disruption to our live gaming services or any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.”
Not only does this statement confirm that the footage of GTA 6 that has been released so far is legitimate, but it also confirms some of the claims made by the alleged leaker, Tea Pot. The hacker, after forcing his way into Rockstar’s Slack network, reportedly made off with a certain amount of source code for Grand Theft Auto V and VI, in addition to the early test footage that was released to the public.
This statement also reveals Rockstar’s perceived confidence in the security of Grand Theft Auto Online as a service. The leaking of Grand Theft Auto V’s source code to any malicious third-party actor has the potential to expose its players to invasive and harmful remote code execution. A catastrophic leak on the scale Tea Pot claims could render the extremely successful light-MMO component unplayable at best and damaging at worst.
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A growing concern in the community was whether the leaks of Grand Theft Auto VI were significant and revealing enough to delay the upcoming title’s expected release. However, Rockstar seems determined to treat this incident as business as usual. “Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience for you,” the developer assured its player base.