• Sweden's news in English

Tax agency targeted in 'serious' hacker attack

The Local · 29 Mar 2012, 08:13

Published: 29 Mar 2012 08:13 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

“This is a terrible failure for the tax agency. People with protected identities are generally crime victims, abused and persecuted women, witnesses under threat, judges, police officers and journalists. Their lives could depend on not being detected,” said a source close to the investigation to daily Expressen.

According to the paper, county police and tax agency IT specialists are busy investigating just how many personal details might have leaked out during the suspected attack, which was detected last week.

The breach occurred at the IT-company Logica, which supplies several government agencies with information from the tax authority's public register.

“This is a serious incident. We have never experienced something like this before,” said Anders Sandell, head of security at the company, to Expressen.

The tax agency has confirmed to Expressen that a number of personal identity numbers have been accessed in the breach, of which about a thousand were of people with protected identities.

However, the experts are still unsure whether any other information, such as address or other contact details, had been accessed at the same time.

“We are just saying that there is a theoretical possibility that other details have been copied,” said Anders Kylesten, head of security at the tax agency, to Expressen.

However, Kylesten still sees the breach as a “serious” one.

“We are doing everything we can to handle any potential consequences of this, but it is important not to frighten people who are already living in fear, if there is no reason,” he told the paper.

Story continues below…

The Local/rm


The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

09:16 March 29, 2012 by saar
Logica sucks.
09:25 March 29, 2012 by Borilla
You Assange fans can rejoice. You may have caused a few more women to be injured and enabled a few more "honor" killings.Have a nice day.
10:20 March 29, 2012 by J Jack
@ Borilla, grow up or sober up, this has nothing to do with that which you speak. Your sarcasm is also very weak.
10:42 March 29, 2012 by karex
One extremely important issue they must also get to the bottom of is who was behind this attack: hackers trying to show off their skills? Criminals? or a foreign government? How potentially damaging this breach could be, and how wide-spread will depend on the motivation behind it.
12:06 March 29, 2012 by notpresto
Made i will get a better tax return due to computer error in my favour.
13:39 March 29, 2012 by Rishonim
Now not attacking kronofogden and all those scare tactics collection agencies??
19:31 March 29, 2012 by Trenatos
Isn't this something that SÄPO or MUST is supposed to be mitigating? Performing threat analysis and security hardening for organizations and companies working with sensitive information?..

The fact that this happened should be a wake-up call.
10:03 March 30, 2012 by philster61
hahaha. Serves them right....They are just a legal mafia anyway
Today's headlines
Here's how slow Sweden's high-speed trains are getting
A Swedish SJX2000 high speed train. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

The high-speed rail journey between the three biggest Swedish cities is about to get longer.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

US election
Donald Trump won't get new Ericsson head's vote
Trump pictured at a campaign rally in Florida. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

The new Swedish-American boss of telecoms giant Ericsson has revealed he will not vote for the Republican nominee in the forthcoming US presidential election.

Swedes named fourth most gender equal in the world
A file photo of men and women pushing prams in Stockholm. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Sweden has closed 81 percent of its overall gender gap according to the World Economic Forum.

Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic 'worrying'
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden's drone ban
A drone filming in Stockholm. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Is Game of Thrones coming to Sweden?
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available