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British police are charging two teenagers with multiple charges linked to a hacking group

The big picture: London police have charged two teenagers in connection with investigations into a hacking group. A spokesman for the police department would neither confirm nor deny that the teens were charged in connection with Lapsus$, a relatively new hacking group that has recently hit upon several major tech companies including Microsoft, Samsung, Nvidia, Vodafone and Okta.

Detective Inspector Michael O’Sullivan of the City of London Police called A 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were each charged with three counts of gaining unauthorized access to a computer with intent to compromise the reliability of data and gaining unauthorized access to a computer with intent to prevent access to data and a Case of Fraud by Misrepresentation.

The 16-year-old was also accused of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorized access to a program.

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Late last month, City of London Police arrested seven people, aged between 16 and 21, in connection with a similar investigation. All were eventually released from custody and the investigation remained open.

Due to the fact that both suspects are teenagers, their identities have not been released. The BBC claimed a 16-year-old arrested last month has autism and attends a special school. It is unclear if this is the same person who was charged.

The two are due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Friday.

photo credit Dom J, Sora Shimazaki

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Mike Fahey

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