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With the news of the GTA 6 gameplay leak taking the Internet by storm and becoming one of the biggest, if not the biggest, leaks in game history, it is not surprising that the original leaker quickly started using Rockstar's GTA-related files and documents in their possession in pursuit of a personal gain. Just recently, GTAForums' user TeapotUberHacker, responsible for the leak, announced that the GTA 5 and 6's source code, Rockstar's employee details, invoices, and contracts are now up for sale, trying to sell them primarily to Rockstar itself.

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For context, yesterday, the aforementioned user of GTAForums shared a folder with 90 videos, claiming that they depicted a test build of Grand Theft Auto running with "GTA 5 and 6 source code and assets". Since then, the original forum post with all the links has expectedly been deleted by Rockstar and Take-Two. However, the leaker continued sharing updates on the entire situation via Twitter.

According to the @teapothack Twitter page, which, presumably, does belong to the original TeapotUberHacker, the leaker is currently trying to sell the Grand Theft Auto 5 and 6's source code to Rockstar, holding the company's confidential documents hostage and threatening to release them if they do not come in contact, as well as releasing snippets of code one-screenshot-at-a-time.

At the time of writing this, Take-Two and Rockstar have not officially acknowledged the leaks yet and commented on them. The industry insider Jason Schreier, however, stated that he confirmed with Rockstar sources that the leak is indeed real, noting that this whole situation is "a nightmare for Rockstar Games":

After forum members showed disbelief that the hack was real, the threat actor claimed he was behind the recent cyberattack on Uber and leaked screenshots of source code from both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto 6 as further proof.

Rockstar games have not released a statement or responded to our email about the attack at this time. However, Bloomberg's Jason Schreier confirmed the leak was valid after speaking to sources at Rockstar.

The threat actor claiming responsibility, who goes by the name "teapotuberhacker," allegedly breached the company's Slack server and eventually leaked source code on Telegram and posted a link to a RAR archive containing 90 videos of gameplay on GTAForums.

They specifically claim to have stolen "GTA 5 and 6 source code and assets" and "GTA 6 testing build," and are actively trying to extort Rockstar. The hacker also shared on Telegram they are accepting offers of more than $10,000 for the GTA 5 source code, but will not be selling that of GTA 6.

The hacker also claimed to have obtained GTA 5 and GTA 6 source code and other information, and offered to sell some of it. He urged Rockstar Games to get in touch and make him an offer to prevent the information from getting to others.

On Sunday, an individual claiming without substantiation to have participated in the recent Uber hack and posting under the screen name "teapotuberhacker" published screenshots of game source code to a discussion thread on titled "GTA 6 (Americas) leak - 90+ .mp4 footage/videos."

Following confirmation that a hacker had stolen Grand Theft Auto 6's source code from Rockstar, reports are now claiming that the hacker has sold Grand Theft Auto 5's source code. Sunday morning saw the publication of extensive video footage recorded from an in-development Grand Theft Auto 6. The source of the video and information later announced that while they weren't selling the Grand Theft Auto 6 source code, they also had Grand Theft Auto 5's code and were willing to sell that.

The leaker, who goes by "Tea Pot," told his followers on the website GTAFroums that, "All source code and assets for GTA 5 are available. Along with GTA 6 docs. Speak me in DM." They then added, "No offer under 5 figs." While specific details haven't been provided, the hacker appears to be claiming that they also stole the Grand Theft Auto 5 source code alongside that of Grand Theft Auto 6. That has not been confirmed yet.

In follow-up reporting, Twitter user and RockstarINTEL reporter videotech_ shared a transaction record showing that an amount equaling $100,556.81 in Bitcoin was recently sent to an unknown wallet. videotech_ claimed that this transaction was evidence that, "Someone just bought GTA5's source code for $100K." It isn't clear how videotech_ knew the transaction was tied to the Grand Theft Auto 5 source code. It's also worth noting that videotech_ has since put their Twitter profile on private mode.

It should be noted that Tea Pot has since been contacted regarding whether they sold Grand Theft Auto 5's source code for $100K, and they denied it. In a DM, Tea Pot stated, "no, that wasn't my wallet." In other words, the Tea Pot says the transaction cited by videotech_ was not with them. Tom Henderson is reporting that the Tea Pot has confirmed that the transaction didn't go through their wallet. They could, however, be lying. Cryptocurrency wallet ownership can't be verified except by the owner.

Should the source code for Grand Theft Auto 5 be shared publicly or put in the hands of nefarious actors, there would potentially be dire consequences for Rockstar and its parent company Take Two. The source code would open up Grand Theft Auto Online and its users to increasingly unstoppable hacks, never mind making Rockstar itself vulnerable to further attacks.

As for Grand Theft Auto 6's source code, the hacker says it's waiting for contact from Rockstar before any further action is taken. Tea Pot wants to be paid not to do anything further with the source code, but has stated that they're willing to sell the code if Rockstar doesn't open up communication. This is obviously just the start of what's become a major disaster for Rockstar and an industry controversy the likes of which haven't been seen in years.

Rockstar was rocked by a massive leak back in September during which numerous videos and screenshots of GTA 6 were leaked on what would have been an otherwise quiet Sunday morning. While the fallout from one of the biggest stories in gaming has since passed, the Rockstar breach has reared its head once again today as GTA 5's source code seemed to briefly appear online.

First reported by DSO Gaming (thanks, PlayStation Lifestyle), the source code for what has become one of the best-selling games of all time was leaked via GitHub. Confirming whether or not it actually happened is easier said than done as a DMCA was quickly issued, resulting in the allegedly leaked source code being taken down immediately.

The takedown being issued so quickly after the source code surfaced suggests two things. Firstly that both Rockstar and its parent company Take-Two Interactive really are being more vigilant than ever when it comes to this sort of thing following the September leaks. Secondly, it all but confirms the source code was legitimate, hence the want to have it scrubbed from the internet as quickly as possible.

As for what the GTA 5 source code supposedly included, apparently scripting functions, developer notes, and content that never made it into the final cut of the game is all in there. That source code getting into certain hands would open GTA 5 up to being altered by people outside of Rockstar, and presumably allow those who want it to add that cut content to the game. Something Rockstar obviously doesn't want or it would have already been added.

A teenager in the UK believed to be responsible for the GTA 6 leak was arrested shortly after the incident. It's believed whoever was responsible managed to sell GTA 5's source code before being caught and that the person who bought it then attempted to sell it on again. It seems whoever is in possession of it at this moment in time is now more concerned with getting it out into the world than making any money from it.

Re3 and reVC, two fan-made projects which reverse-engineered the source codes of Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto Vice City, have been restored after being removed for copyright infringement. Two of the most popular installments in Rockstar Games' open-world crime franchise, GTA3 released in 2001 while Vice City released in 2002.

Back in February it was reported that a group of modders had successfully reverse-engineered the source code for Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City. The fan projects, titled Re3 and reVC, allowed both titles to be played on a wide variety of systems such as the PlayStation Vita, Wii U and Nintendo Switch after initially releasing for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. However, the presence of this source code is particularly useful to modders who are now able to easily manipulate the code to create new mods for these iconic games. The technical wizards who reverse-engineered this source code made the files available to download for free on the internet software hosting website Github. Unfortunately, after a few days the two projects were removed from Github by Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive.

After the removal of Re3 and reVC from GitHub, TorrentFreak recently reported that the two mods have been restored to the internet. After the removal of the projects, one of the modders issued a counter-notice claiming that the mods did not constitute a copyright claim. While the reverse-engineered source code functions identically to the code of the original two titles it is not actually identical, meaning nothing was stolen or repurposed. This resulted in GitHub restoring Re3 and reVC, although it is possible that Take-Two will respond once again with a demand to remove the source code.

Many classic games, such as GTA3 and Vice City, are given new life through the creation of fan-made mods. These classic single-player titles can receive brand-new content, or even graphical overhauls, thanks to the love and dedication of fans. The takedown of Re3 and reVC was seen as unjust by many, particularly because the reverse-engineered source code was not a direct replica of Rockstar's original code. While the situation is still developing, it is nice to see the mod returned to the internet for others to experience. 041b061a72


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