Computer off limits to 21 year old hacking accused

A MAN accused of hacking into one of the world's biggest online gaming networks and a social media account of its founder has been denied all access to computers by a Maryborough magistrate.

Shane Stephen Duffy applied in Maryborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday to change his bail conditions put in place after being arrested last month.

The court heard the 21-year-old man needed computer access to speak to his girlfriend in the United States and to complete a TAFE course he intended to enroll in.

Magistrate Graham Hillan refused the application because of the seriousness of the nine charges against Mr Duffy.

He is charged with creating a backdoor into the servers of Riot Games and hacking into a Twitter account associated with the company.

The charges include fraud, using a restricted computer without consent and possessing equipment for the purpose of committing an offence.

Mr Duffy's bail also bans him from all contact with employees of Riot Games.

The developer is the creator of League of Legends, which has more than 67 million players across the world.

Mr Duffy was arrested in Kingaroy last month after an investigation by Queensland Police with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States and Riot Games.

Electronic files were also seized from a property in Poona on the same day.

Mr Duffy will next appear in Maryborough Magistrates Court in June.



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