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.
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.