Swedes targeted in ‘Anonymous’ hack

Dozens of Swedes, including staff at government agencies and telecoms giant Ericsson, had their personal data exposed after a breach at US-based security company, reportedly carried out by activist hacking group Anonymous.

Swedes targeted in 'Anonymous' hack

According to the Expressen newspaper, information on people employed at Sweden’s embassy in Washington, DC, as well as with the  Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets radioanstalt – FRA) and large Swedish companies was included among the data taken from global intelligence company Strategic Forecasting, known as Stratfor, and spread on the internet.

Personal information such as email and credit card details of staff at Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson as well as with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, a government agency focused on improving international conflict and crisis management, was also exposed in the data breach, which took place on December 24th.

“This is a blow against the electronic financial system, and I’m guessing that’s what they’re trying to get at,” Ingolf Kiesow, a former Swedish ambassador to Kuwait and one of the Swedes whose data was exposed in the attack, told Expressen.

“I hurts confidence in credit card use. You can’t use your credit card in the say way any more.”

On Sunday, Stratfor confirmed that information about its clients had been exposed in the hacker attack.

“On December 24th an unauthorized party disclosed personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our members,” the company said in a statement, according to CNN.

“We have reason to believe that your personal and credit card data could have been included in the information that was illegally obtained and disclosed.”

While initial reports indicated that activist hacker collective Anonymous was responsible for the attack, another statement circulating on the internet cast doubt on the claim.

“This hack is most definitely not the work of Anonymous,” read an “Emergency Christmas Anonymous Press Release” dated Christmas Day.

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Suspected hackers show porn on Swedish station billboard

Commuters in a southeast Swedish city were briefly roused from their wintry routines by a public display of pornography at a bus stop outside the central rail station, officials said on Friday.

Suspected hackers show porn on Swedish station billboard
The screens at Kalmar station began suddenly showing porn images. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
For about 15 minutes on Thursday afternoon, during maintenance of an interactive display in the city of Kalmar, the usual adverts and videos were replaced by explicit images from a pornography website.
“We got information from a bus driver that someone had put pornographic imagery on one of our displays,” Karl-Johan Bodell, traffic director at Kalmar's regional public transport company KLT, told AFP.
The screen at Kalmar's central station in Sweden's southeast was quickly switched off — and will remain off until the cause is uncovered.
Local media reported that hackers were to blame and Bodell conceded that hacking was “the first thing that comes to mind”, but stressed that the cause had not yet been confirmed. 
KLT said the company supplying the display was conducting an investigation into what had caused the switch and how they might prevent future incidents.