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Pirate Bay founder held in new hacking probe

Pirate Bay founder held in new hacking probe

Published: 11 Sep 2012 12:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Sep 2012 12:44 GMT+02:00

According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten), Warg is suspected of having hacked into the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) as well as Swedish IT firm Logica, which supplies services to the agency.

"During a preliminary investigation concerning computer hacking at the company Logica and the Swedish Tax Agency during the spring, suspicions were directed at one person, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg," the Prosecution Authority wrote.

The agency added, however, that Warg's August 30th arrest in Cambodia and subsequent deportation from the country on Monday were due to an arrest warrant issued for him in relation to his conviction in the Pirate Bay trial.

Shortly after Warg's arrest, reports emerged that he was wanted in an investigation into a hacker attack against Logica and the tax agency.

According to a September 6th report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper, the attacks gave the hackers access to a sizeable amount of protected personal information.

The attack is believed to have started in 2010 and continued until April of this year.

Warg, and his fellow co-founders Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde, as well as financier Carl Lundström, were all convicted in 2009 of facilitating copyright infringement and ordered to pay 46 million kronor ($6.9 million) in damages to the music and movie industry.

While Neij, Sunde, and Lundström all had their 12-month sentences reduced to between four and 10 months on appeal in late 2010, Warg did not attend his appeal hearing and his one-year sentence was upheld.

Prosecutors now have until Friday to issue a remand order for Warg related to the new computer hacking suspicions.

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13:25 September 11, 2012 by RobinHood
A man was shot dead in Gothenburg yesterday by a person who remains at large.

The police would have looked into it, but they were all a bit busy dealing with Mr Warg.

If anyone knows who did it, please would they arrest him themseves. The police will be along just as soon as they can - providing there are no other copyright infringements against the entertainment industry to distract them.
17:21 September 11, 2012 by Liquidmonkey
^^ 100 likes ^^
21:00 September 11, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant
Police agencies deal with a variety of issues. To believe otherwise is just silly. Anyways, it seems that a few of those who have little respect for the law can not break that habit.
23:21 September 11, 2012 by DAVID T
Haha - messing with the tax office will finally get the idiot the prison sentence he deserves - hopefully at least 12 years !!!
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