Today in a Queensland court, Shane Stephen Duffy pleaded guilty to fraud and hacking charges involving League of Legends developer, Riot.
Back in 2011, a cyber attack on Riot servers leaked the information of more than 5 million accounts. Duffy, 23, wasn’t responsible for the original attack, but used the information to make a profit of $32,000 between May 2013 and March 2014, Prosecutor Joshua Hanna told Brisbane district court.
Duffy was responsible for the Twitter hack of Riot President Marc Merrill, which he used to announce his business and get in touch with disconnected players. Probably not his smartest move.
Australian Police conducted a search of Duffy’s house after they were tipped off by the FBI, who then seized computers, magnetic strip cards (like hotel room keys) and a card reader.
Duffy’s lawyer told the court about Duffy’s autism and heard about the death of his father in 2008, which caused Duffy to be [sic] “reclusive and obese, spending much of his time on the computer inside the house.” He told the court that because of his condition, he wouldn’t be aware of the consequences of his actions.
During sentencing, Judge Moynihan commented, “This type of crime potentially affects many people, can cause great loss and is difficult to detect, investigate or prosecute,”
“Your offending was sophisticated, committed over a lengthy period of time.”
Duffy was sentenced to a two-and-a-half year sentence with immediate parole, an 18-month suspended gaol sentence and a two-and-a-half-year good behaviour bond. This punishment and immediate parole means that Duffy won’t actually see any gaol time.