One of the most popular online forums for discussing Grand Theft Auto is the GTAForums, which on September 18, was suddenly home to leaked assets from the game’s still-in-development version. The forum’s contents quickly spread to other sites such as YouTube and Twitter.
The game’s still-in-development version was reportedly leaked and included over 90 videos. Despite the company’s assurances that the leak wouldn’t affect the game’s production, it’s believed that it will significantly impact the company’s operations. In a statement, the company confirmed that it was the victim of a network intrusion. The unauthorized access to the company’s systems resulted in downloading confidential information, such as early development footage for Grand Theft Auto 6.
The person who leaked the game claimed that he could access the game’s source code, which could cause a severe security issue for players. Rockstar confirmed the hack in the following message: “We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto.”
Despite the security issues, breaches like this can still allow companies to push their workers to return to the office. For example, in a tweet on September 18, Jason Schreier of Bloomberg noted that the company’s Slack system might have been compromised because of remote work.
Several clips from the forum featured unfinished assets, showing off various gameplay elements, such as the world’s gunplay and the ability to create character models. They also confirmed rumours about Grand Theft Auto 6’s possible existence of female and male protagonists. The leaked assets came from a user known as “teapotuberhacker,” who claimed to be the same person who recently hacked the app of ride-sharing service Uber.
This isn’t the first time a high-profile leak has been attributed to the vulnerability known as WFH. In The Last of Us Part 2, before its release, a significant leak revealed much of the game’s plot. Although Sony’s Noddy Dog developer didn’t confirm the source of the leak, multiple outlets claimed that it was caused by a hack. According to Schreier, many of the company’s employees are worried that the recent leak might affect their work arrangements, as the main problem most likely has been remote working. In addition, as the company works to rehabilitate its image, security issues might cause a backslide into its more toxic work environment.
The importance of offline data security
The GTA 6 leak could have been prevented if data had been kept offline on a USB drive. Unfortunately, all of the essential data for the game was stored online, which made their data storage highly vulnerable. In addition, poor firewalls and improper authorization protocols most likely made the hacker’s job easier. However, data can also be safely stored offline and disconnected from any network. Offline storage refers to media not connected to a computer’s network or the Internet. Examples are external hard drives, optical disc drives, and USB drives that have been disconnected or removed.
Despite the increasing number of cybersecurity threats and cybercrimes, people are still willing to do whatever it takes to protect their personal information. This is especially true for businesses that rely on online transactions. Unfortunately, working online can be very risky. Many factors can affect the security of your data, such as human error, software vulnerabilities, and viruses. Having the proper backups of your data is the only way to ensure it is always safe.
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