A KINGAROY man, aged 21, has been charged with hacking and fraud offences after an investigation which involved the FBI.

The man is alleged to have been behind the hacking of a US based online gaming developer's computer network.

Police from the State Crime Command's Fraud and Cyber Crime Group arrested the man yesterday. It followed a search warrant executed in November last year, when police seized laptops and a hard drive for forensic examination.

Police also executed a search warrant at an address in Poona yesterday and allegedly seized a number of items located within an encrypted container on a computer device on the property.

It is alleged the man was responsible for unlawfully accessing the US company's computer network, as well as hacking the company's Twitter account and posting information and screenshots.

The man is further alleged to have established a website offering a paid service to search the company's player database.

 "We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the FBI and the US based gaming company for their assistance in bringing this investigation to a successful close," Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group said.

The man has been charged with three counts of computer hacking and misuse, two counts of fraud (dishonestly apply property to own use), two counts of fraud (dishonestly obtain property from another) and one count each of fraud (dishonestly cause detriment and possessing equipment for purpose of committing/facilitating the commission of an offence.

 He is due to reappear in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on April 8.



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