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Swedish hacker on FBI 'most wanted' list

Swedish hacker on FBI 'most wanted' list

Published: 31 Jan 2012 10:31 GMT+01:00
Updated: 31 Jan 2012 10:31 GMT+01:00

Björn Daniel Sundin is wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud and computer fraud. The FBI has offered $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the man.

However, it was revealed on Tuesday that Sundin is a registered resident of Ängelholm, some 80 kilometres north of Malmö.

”He is here in Sweden,” said Bertil Olofsson, chief of Sweden’s International Criminal Sector, to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“And we have reported this to the FBI”.

Nevertheless, Sundin has not been extradited to the United States, as Sweden and the US have no extradition treaty for Swedish citizens who are suspected criminals.

”Sweden could take over the investigation at the International Public Prosecution Office in Malmö. If Sweden takes over the prosecution, he will be put on trial here. If he is convicted, he will serve his sentence in Sweden,” Olofsson said.

The charges against the man are extensive, and include conning people from over 60 countries into purchasing over one million fake virus protection programmes.

Between December 2006 and October 2008, Sundin and an accomplice tricked computer users into buying programs by hijacking their browsers, causing errors, and suggesting they buy protection from their own company “Innovative Marketing Inc”.

Sundin convinced internet users that their computers were infected with "malware" and encouraged them to buy "scareware" – which in itself had no ability to remedy the purported defects, according to an FBI statement.

FBI reports that Sundin’s crimes resulted in a consumer loss of more than $100 million.

The FBI reported that the 33-year-old and his conspirator, Shaileshkumar P. Jain, are wanted for a total of 24 counts of fraud, each carrying a potential sentence of 20 years per count in the US.

The Bureau issued a federal warrant for the pair's arrest in May 2010.

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11:13 January 31, 2012 by johnny1939
He is a big time criminal and it is too bad that he cannot be turned over to the FBI . If convicted in the US he would probable get a substantial sentence in stead of the 6 months that he would probably get in Sweden. He would no doubt continue his frauds while in prison w/ the computer he would be allowed to keep in his well furnished cell. Also he would regularly be let out over week ends. Ah to be a crook in Sweden!!!
11:19 January 31, 2012 by Keith #5083
I wonder if,in the list of 60 countries, Sweden or Norway or Denmark are included as countries where people were defrauded? Or any EU countries?

If so, then surely all the FBI need do is supply some 'example cases' and presumably

EU laws and cross-border agreements would make it possible to charge, hold and prosecute this man and his accomplice.

Or is he free to carry on doing this?
11:22 January 31, 2012 by star10
I don't like the idea that should be transfered to the US. Punishments in the US are too harsh. Let him get what he deserves according to Swedish laws.
14:30 January 31, 2012 by lilsocks
Why does the reporter state "Ängelholm, some 80 kilometres north of Malmö"......try being a little more accurate and state that it is just to the north of Helsingborg, you know, the current Swedish football champions and a city in its own right? I swear the local's reporters only seem to know 3 places in Sweden, Stockholm, Malmö & Göteborg!!!! There is more to the country than those 3 dumps (FYI I am from Stockholm).
14:54 January 31, 2012 by StockholmSam
I wonder if any of his victims live in countries that do have extradition agreements with Sweden. If so, then perhaps he could be extradited to one of those places. Not only would he get a harsher sentence, but Swedish taxpayers would avoid paying for the trial and his prison care.
15:49 January 31, 2012 by bubbagump
So, being extradited to Sweden for not wearing a condom during consensual sex is ok, but extraditing a man who defrauded people of $100 mil. is a no go. I see.

Yes, I get it, there is no extradition treaty and there never will be as long as the US has the death penalty for murder.

However, if it can be proved that he did any of this from Sweden, then I say let Skatteverket go after him. He'd get a longer jail sentence for tax evasion then he would for the fraud.
16:39 January 31, 2012 by Svensksmith
Maybe Seal Team 6 can take him out.
16:49 January 31, 2012 by colombianska_tjej
Ok, he has created viruses and malware. Still, why the f**k has the FBI to prosecute him? if he is in Sweden, and swedish laws make the production of malware illegal,(the fraud thing must be obviously penalised) he should be judged by Sweden. US laws are only for the US, not for the world.

I am not condoning him, i just say that he shouldn't be judged by a country different of his own. And less if that country is the US.
18:05 January 31, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ bubbagump

Agree, this could be a new fangled Al Capone style arrest. The US arrested Capone on tax evasion because they had too little evidence for murder, and as you say in Sweden tax evasion is something that it actually feared with regard to the legal reprecussions, so justice would (for once) be served here.

My question is this: Exactly where is that 100 million dollars today? If the US can seize assets to repay Bernie Maddof victims, and if they have been monitoring this Swedish guy's internet traffic, can they not track down and obtain most of the 100 Million and give this back to the victims?
18:43 January 31, 2012 by Bumblebeetuna
Send him to texas!
18:54 January 31, 2012 by Beavis
Meh most wanted hacker my backside. This is exactly the same thing as 3 or 4 of the major anti-virus programs out there did in the early 2000's and were caught for it and paid fines. I dont remember their CEOs being extradited or being put on a most wanted list. One of these companies CEO even included a US presidential nomenee!
20:32 January 31, 2012 by Children Of Adam
Sweden has handed many innocents to US specially to CIA and since Sweden is kissing always the US A** Sweden would change its law and make it possible to take any citizen they want.

But since he seems to be original Swede then it could take a bit time but if were immigrants then I am sure things would be different.
21:10 January 31, 2012 by roaringchicken92
Let us say he is an avid supporter of the Sweden Democrats. I'd bet he would be on the first KLM flight to New York.
21:56 January 31, 2012 by msaliassweden
He committed a crime in USA, he should be sentenced in USA. I do not think that 20 years for each count he should serve in USA... that is just absurd when murderers walk free after 20 years or so. He should pay fines and restitution. It will be amusing to see what happens to him. I hear Symantecs is also having a fun time with their "Scare ware".
15:29 February 2, 2012 by Anthraxious
Soon as I read the first comment my mind wanted to kill itself.

Since when is the system in the US any good? You rape and kill someone and get 2 years but if you start playing with imaginary money on markets and sh*t they give you life. Just proves what you actually care about.

Don't get me wrong, here in Sweden there's pretty much the same sh*t going on nowadays. It's a sad world we live in.

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