Hackers that cyber attacked SIC and Expresso were led by a 16 year old

Written By Lara Silva

In January, the websites of the Portuguese paper Espresso and of the channel SIC were targets of a cyber-attack by a group of hackers known as the Lapsus Group. The hackers demanded a ransom to unblock access to the websites, while the number is unknown.

The BBC reported on Thursday that the hacker group was led by a 16-year-old from the United Kingdom who has cyber attacked multiple institutions, accumulating a fortune of 12.7 million euros. The 16-year-old used the pseudonyms “White” and “Breachbase” and has attacked institutions such as Microsoft.

London police detained 7 individuals from the group, all between the ages of 16 and 21, but later released them and they remain under investigation. It is still unclear whether “White” was one of the individuals detained.

“White” was outed on a hacker website, after an alleged falling out with business partners. His name was revealed, as well as his address, and social media pictures. Cyber-security researchers have already been tracking him for nearly a year, linking him to Lapsus and other cyber attacks.

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