Alleged Hacker Arrested for Attack on U.S. Gaming Company

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The Brisbane Times reports that a 21-year-old man from Queensland, Australia has been arrested and charged with hacking into a U.S. video game company, following a joint investigation by Queensland Police and the FBI (h/t Softpedia).

The unidentified man has been charged with breaching the company's databases, files and Twitter account in July of 2013, and setting up a paid service that charged customers for access to the company's player database.

"What this guy allegedly did was set up his own Web site where you could purchase or get access to the IP addresses of other players," Queensland Police detective superintendent Brian Hay told the Sydney Morning Herald. "The idea [of selling IP addresses] being that you can facilitate a denial of service attack on opponents and slow down the speed at which they can play the game."

The 21-year-old's first court date is scheduled for April 8, 2014.

Softpedia notes that the gaming company in question is likely League of Legends publisher Riot Games, which was hacked in the summer of 2013.