The incident has been reported to the security police (Säpo), who will start an investigation on Monday to work out whether there is any further threat to SSU.
SSU’s secretary Mattias Vepsä said the hijacking was “an attack on democracy”. He said he was particularly angry that the organization’s election site was taken down during the election campaign’s vital final stages.
But, Vepsä said, the most serious aspect of the affair was that the false website, which was live for several hours , contained a link to the server where SSU’s member register is stored. The register contains personal details including names, addresses and personal numbers. The link on the homepage said “membership register here.”
“It has been downloaded around ten times, which probably means that it has been copied and spread on the Internet,” said Vepsä.
He said he doesn’t know who was behind the attack, but he said it appeared advanced and well-planned.