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Newspaper bomb threat traced to police

TT/The Local · 1 Nov 2010, 18:30

Published: 01 Nov 2010 18:30 GMT+01:00

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Last Wednesday the offices of the Norrländska Socialdemokraten (NSD) newspaper in Luleå were evacuated after the newspaper received a bomb threat via email.

The police were called to investigate, taking with them specially trained bomb-sniffing dogs, but by Wednesday evening investigators concluded the threat was a hoax.

But the story took a new twist on Monday when it was revealed that the IP-address associated with the threatening message is affiliated with police headquarters in Luleå.

“We’re now looking at all of our internet terminals, around 35 of them,” Norbotten police spokesperson Roger Jönsson told the TT news agency.

The police have several possible explanations: that the police’s network was hacked, that the message's IP-address was wrong, or that the threat was sent by someone from within police headquarters.

“I’m not aware that the Swedish police (network) has been hacked, not in the last year, in any case. But it’s true, even the Pentagon has been hacked,” said Jönsson, referring to the headquarters of the US military.

The matter has been reported to the Swedish National Police-related Crimes Unit (Riksenheten för polismål). In addition, four investigators from the National Investigation Department (Rikskriminalen) are also working on the case.

Jönsson explained that police are now prioritising three things, including confirmation that the IP-address from the owners of the newspaper, Norrköpings Tidningar. From there, the IP-address must be connected to a computer, and then on to the person who used the computer.

Finally, police will look into whether or not their network has been hacked.

“As soon as we know something more we’ll be sure to go public with it,” said Jönsson, adding that some computers may have had several users.

According to Jönsson, the threat wasn’t sent in an actual email, but rather was delivered through on online tip form on the newspaper website.

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However the threat, which arrived in the form of an email at 8.39am last Wednesday, was very clear, stating that the offices of the newspaper would be blown up at 2.35pm that afternoon, according to the newspaper.

Four hours after the threat was received, employees at NSD started to evacuate the building. But by 8.45pm police gave the all-clear.

“It feels unpleasant and unnecessary,” said NSD editor in chief Anders Ingvarsson at the time.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:36 November 1, 2010 by Sommar
Has anybody seen the movie Cops??? Ring any bells??
20:20 November 1, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Drumming up business officers? LOL
20:55 November 1, 2010 by jazzIIIlove

You steal my comment :)
21:39 November 1, 2010 by jack sprat
Probably needed a bit of overtime to bring in some extra cash for Christmas.

False alarms have been the speciality of fire brigade workers in the past, so why not the cops ?
00:07 November 2, 2010 by eZee.se
This example although far from filesharing shows exactly why its flawed.

When scumba...um, lawyers (like in the US and UK) go after filesharers they try to say that an IP address is like a phone number, which as you can see above is not true at all. An IP address is the address assigned to one particular computer which can be one of many... and to further complicate matters: be used by many people.


One person/cop installs a file sharing app, starts a few downloads and walks away to return a day or two later in the meantime 25-50 people use that computer and songs/movies etc are being downloaded all the time (in the background) - even if they can say who exactly was sitting on that computer at a certain time... the downloads could have been queued so except for the first guy all the others have been unjustly accused.

The police say they dont think they have been hacked "this year", but in France a person is legally bound to secure their internet lines - even though govt institutions ( the mofo'ing Pentagon for gods sake!) around the world cant! And those laws were being pushed down the throats of all govts in Europe by the music industry (including Sweden) but were later rejected.

The sooner the music industry kicks it, the better the world will be - the dinosaurs have had their time, time to put them out of their misery.
07:37 November 2, 2010 by Takai
@ to Mr/Mrs eZee.se:

I loved it! Maybe you should consider following the lawyer carrier specialized in Internet around here.
10:06 November 2, 2010 by Internuncio
This is not the first time that threats have originated from a police station in Sweden. Just before the late-P.M. Olof Palme OF BLESSED MEMORY was assassinated he received a very realistic threatening 'phone call which Televerket as it was called in those days traced back to a police station in Stockholm.

Later Televerket was pressured into detracting that statement and instead state that it had traced the call incorrectly.


And then the moron police* investigating the case went after the Kurds in an attempt to create a "rabbit trail."

*I wrote "moron" and "police" in the same sentence. Please excuse my being redundant. Thank you.
12:56 November 2, 2010 by bolababu
Just as i had explained about the Gothenburg bomb hoax, control using fear is the key. Sweden is everday becoming like Uncle Bob, ..her big brother.
12:58 November 2, 2010 by eZee.se

I usually follow the file sharing articles and comments around here, and try to educate/raise awareness a little along the way.

And I vote Pirate Party - hope you do the same ;)

Have a good day!
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