“Grand Theft Auto” leaks have surfaced online after the publisher was hit by “network intrusions.”



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Rockstar Games confirmed on Monday that hackers had leaked some unreleased footage from the next installment of the wildly popular “Grand Theft Auto” franchise.

The video game community was shocked by the appearance of some screenshots online and gameplay videos for what is believed to be the next installment of the action-adventure game “Grand Theft Auto.”

On Monday morning, the video game publisher confirmed that the footage was real and had been leaked “as a result of a network intrusion.”

“We recently experienced a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto,” Rockstar Games announced. statement Posted on Twitter. “At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live gaming services or any long-term impact on the development of our ongoing projects.”

Rockstar Games, which owns Take-Two Interactive ( TTWO ), expressed disappointment that some details were “shared with all of you in this way,” but said that work on the game will continue and that it hopes to present the next one properly. when the game is “ready”. The next “Grand Theft Auto” game does not have an official release date yet.

Gaming community website GTAForums.com, where the footage was reportedly first released by hackers, now features a message in all caps on its home page asking people not to share or link to “leaked copyrighted material”.

The breach at the gaming giant follows a “cybersecurity incident” disclosed by Uber ( UBER ) last week. In a blog post Monday, Uber ( UBER ) said it believed its hacker was affiliated with the Lapsus$ group, which has targeted several large businesses over the past year.

“There are also reports over the weekend that this actor violated video game creator Rockstar Games,” Uber’s statement on Monday added. “We are in close coordination with the FBI and the US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts.”

Rockstar did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the hackers behind its leak were affiliated with Lapsus$.