British LAPSUS$ Teen Members Sentenced for High-Profile Attacks

British LAPSUS$ Teen Members Sentenced for High-Profile Attacks

Two British teens part of the LAPSUS$ cyber crime and extortion gang have been sentenced for their roles in orchestrating a string of high-profile attacks against a number of companies.

Arion Kurtaj, an 18-year-old from Oxford, has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order due to his intent to get back to cybercrime “as soon as possible,” BBC reported. Kurtaj, who is autistic, was deemed unfit to stand trial.

Another LAPSUS$ member, a 17-year-old unnamed minor, was sentenced to an 18-month-long Youth Rehabilitation Order, including a three-month intensive supervision and surveillance requirement. He was found guilty of two counts of fraud, two Computer Misuse Act offenses, and one count of blackmail.

Both defendants were initially arrested in January 2022, and then released under investigation. They were re-arrested in March 2022. While Kurtaj was later granted bail, he continued to attack various companies until he was arrested again in September.

Over the past year, the notoriety attracted by LAPSUS$ has also led to the emergence of another group called Scattered Spider. Both groups are part of a larger entity that calls itself the Comm.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Comm consists of a “geographically diverse group of individuals, organized in various subgroups, all of whom coordinate through online communication applications such as Discord and Telegram” to engage in corporate intrusions, SIM swapping, crypto theft, real-life violence, and swatting.

“This case serves as an example of the dangers that young people can be drawn towards whilst online and the serious consequences it can have for someone’s broader future,” Amanda Horsburgh, detective chief superintendent from the City of London Police, said.