Gaming giant Rockstar confirmed today that a hacker broke into its systems and stole confidential internal data, including footage from the next highly-anticipated installment of its Grand Theft Auto series. In statements posted to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Rockstar Games said it suffered a network intrusion that allowed someone to access and download “confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto.” Craig McDonald, VP of Product Management at BackBox weighed in on the hack, which is allegedly linked to the cyber attack on Uber.
"Although Rockstar has informed the press that the intrusion will not have any long-term effect on game development, it is still unclear if the attacker gained access to data beyond the video clips that were posted.
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