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Post by Eorl @ 04:43pm 18/07/14 | 5 Comments
It may come as a surprise to many, but Australia - in particular the sunny state Queensland - has come into the news lately thanks to the recent story of young cybercriminal Shane Duffy. A homeschooled 21-year-old with Asperger Syndrome, Duffy was suspected of a long series of hacks on Riot's multiplayer battle arena online game League of Legends, before he was arrested in March of 2013 by Australia's cybercrime unit.

Daily Dot recounts the story of just how Duffy was able to pull off such a feat, which all began back in 2012. Hackers gained access to more than 120,000 transaction records, which included encrypted credit and debit cards. Almost a year later, the company's North American servers were accessed by an unknown party. At the time, Riot said no billing information had been stolen.

Going by the online name of "Jason," Duffy was able to hack into several high profile League of Legends players in 2013, who found themselves kicked out of their account. According to Duffy, this was achieved thanks in part to a bruteforce attack on a senior staff member at Riot. The employee did not change their password, and Duffy was able to drop in backdoor software that provided ongoing access to Riot's servers.

Thanks to his new-found access of more than 24.5 million accounts, "Jason" set up a new website called LoLip-op.com that would knock players out of their game, if paid for. Daily Dot reports that Duffy was making more than $1,000 a day thanks to his new found techniques, which would use denial-of-service attacks to help paying players win games for them.

For more on Duffy's case, check out the full story over at Daily Dot. His trial is expected to begin on July 24th, where he will be charged with hacking and five counts of fraud.



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Tollaz0r!
Posted 04:59pm 18/7/14
Well played Shan, until you got busted. An entrepreneur.

Arpey
Posted 06:02pm 18/7/14
"But I have Assburgers!"
And then he got away with being a turd.
Rominion
Posted 06:12pm 18/7/14
Meh, league of legends is a terrible game anyway. Have you seen the profits they make? rediculous. None of it is going back into the community or development for the future.
carson
Posted 08:24pm 18/7/14
Technically aspergers doesn't exist anymore. It's all under the autism spectrum.
Spook
Posted 08:59pm 18/7/14
not just that news, but one of the silk road admins was a brisbane guy pretending to be an american as well

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-21/brisbane-man-arrested-in-crackdown-on-silk-road-site/5171148
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