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Sweden Democrat 'members' site shut down

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06:58 CEST+02:00
The website on which the leaked Sweden Democrat membership list was published has been shut down by the web hosting company where the domain name was registered.

The site, sverigedemokrater.se, was registered with Swedish web hosting from Binero under the company name of Gottfrid Swartholm Warg, founder of The Pirate Bay.

The site's content, however, is hosted by PRQ, the same company that hosts Wikileaks.

However, when Binero discovered that Swartholm Warg was in fact not the owner of the account, it shut down the domain and contacted police.

“The web should be free, but no wild west,” Binero founder and CEO Anders Aleborg said in a statement.

“We have fought hard to improve the reputation of the hosting business for years, and whenever we find faulty user information, we act.”

The site went live on September 20th, the day following a stunning electoral performance by the Sweden Democrats which gave them 20 seats in the Riksdag.

It contained personal data, including telephone numbers, email addresses, and maps to the homes of thousands of people who were either members of the Sweden Democrats or had requested information about the party.

The data featured on the site, which had a slogan of “Find a buddy near you“, is believed to have been obtained from an April 16th hacker attack of the Sweden Democrats' official website.

Binero added that, although PRQ is legal responsible for the content of the site hosted on its servers, Binero is within its rights to shut down the site's domain if there are suspicions of false user information, which amounts to a breach of contract.

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