A hacker has leaked pre-release footage of Grand Theft Auto VI, the most anticipated video game by Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.
These videos provide an unprecedented look behind the scenes of one of the biggest games in the world. Some people doubt the authenticity of a leak of this magnitude, but people familiar with the game’s development say it is authentic. The footage provides an early and unpolished view of plans for Grand Theft Auto VI, though the final version will look much more refined, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private.
Teapotuberhacker, who created an account on GTAForums.com the same day and claims to be from UAE, posted a message reading the leaks around midnight Sunday Eastern Standard Time. “Here are 90 footage/clips from GTA 6. Its possible I could leak more data soon, GTA 5 and 6 source code and assets, GTA 6 testing build.” There is no link to the files anymore on the forum post, and the alleged hacker says he got them from the development team’s employee communication program Slack.
As teapotuberhacker continued to post on the forum after the initial leak, he shared a link to a New York Times article about the hacking of Uber’s computer systems and claimed responsibility for that online security breach too. In addition to sharing screenshots of what they claim to be code for Grand Theft Auto 5 and 6, they posted images allegedly taken from Grand Theft Auto 6. Forum administrators and moderators have temporarily restricted posting privileges for new members “because of an influx of spam posts,” and other forum users have remained skeptical about the legitimacy of the code images.
Known as “Tea Pot,” the leaker wrote on GTAFroums that, “All source code and assets for GTA 5 are available. Along with GTA 6 docs. Speak me in DM.” Adding, “No offer under 5 figs”. Although specific details haven’t been provided, it appears that the hacker also stole Grand Theft Auto 5 source code along with Grand Theft Auto 6. As of yet, that has not been confirmed.
Around 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, the alleged hacker claimed he woke up with more than 3,000 direct messages on Telegram and suggested interested employees contact them using the communication app or by email. The hackers Telegram account has been deleted.
The source code of GTA5 has also been attempted to be purchased for $100,000.00 with bitcoin, but teapotuberhacker has denied receiving the money, according to gaming news freelancer Tom Henderson, meaning the buyer may have been scammed. There have been multiple accounts created on Twitter claiming to be teapotuberhacker, at least one of which asks for a small amount of cryptocurrency for further details on the game.