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Pirate Bay co-founder jailed for two years

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison for data breaches, aggravated fraud, and attempted aggravated fraud, in what was Sweden's biggest ever hacking trial.

Pirate Bay co-founder jailed for two years

Svartholm Warg was convicted by the Nacka District Court after a hacking attack against Swedish IT firm Logica through which he gained unauthorized access to the personal data of thousands of people, which he then published on the net.

The conviction was also for hacking into the mainframe of Nordea, Scandinavia’s biggest bank. The Swede maintained his innocence throughout the trial, claiming that someone else had used his computer remotely.

The data breach at Logica, which supplies public agencies in Sweden with personal data from the country’s population registry, was discovered over a year ago, and the 28-year-old Svartholm Warg was believed to have stolen the information of 20,000 police employees, as well as millions of personal identity numbers (personnummer).

The Pirate Bay founder and an accomplice was also suspected of having copied a registry with nearly 11,000 names of people with protected identities and posting the data online.

Svartholm Warg’s accomplice, a 36-year-old man living in Dalarna, central Sweden, was also convicted for data breaches, and must also seek psychiatric care and drug rehabilitation, the court ruled.

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HACKING

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.
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