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Converse sues Swedish shop over ‘fake’ shoes

Iconic US sneaker brand Converse has announced that it is suing Swedish retailer Coop alleging that counterfeit shoes have been sold in its stores.

Converse sues Swedish shop over 'fake' shoes

The US firm, which is owned by Nike, is demanding 2.7 million kronor ($400,000) in compensation from Coop. It is furthermore demanding that Coop be prevented from selling shoes which resemble the original.

Coop had declined to comment on the latest move in the dispute.

“We want to read through the writ first,” said press officer Christine Kullgren.

Converse trainers have become popular again in Sweden in recent years and can be seen adorning the feet of all from hipsters to teens to toddler-toting mums despite their high retail price.

The firm asked a Swedish court in May for permission to search Coop stores after it noticed that Coop was selling its wares for about 399 kronor, half of the usual retail price of 799 kronor.

The company ordered some pairs and found the replicas lacked a number code that Converse uses to brand its genuine goods.

But Coop later rejected Converse’s piracy accusations, claiming that the shoes on sale at Coop Forum stores in Bäckebol, Norrköping, Skövde and Skara were the genuine articles.

“We’re very surprised that they would go forward in this way and ignore the documentation we sent to them when we first heard about the accusations that we were selling pirated copies of Converse shoes,” Coop spokeswoman Marika Hjelm Siegwald told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper in May.

“It’s not true,” she added, explaining that a law firm has helped Coop obtain certificates of authenticity from the manufacturers.

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Major Swedish supermarket chain hit by cyberattack

One of Sweden's biggest supermarket chains said Saturday it had to temporarily close around 800 stores nationwide after a cyberattack blocked access to its checkouts.

Major Swedish supermarket chain hit by cyberattack
A Coop store in Stockholm. credit: Ali Lorestani/TT

“One of our subcontractors was hit by a digital attack, and that’s why our checkouts aren’t working any more,” Coop Sweden, which accounts for around 20 percent of the sector, said in a statement.

“We regret the situation and will do all we can to reopen swiftly,” the cooperative added.

Coop Sweden did not name the subcontractor or reveal the hacking method used against it beginning on Friday evening.

But the Swedish subsidiary of the Visma software group said the problem was linked to a mayor cyber attack on US IT company Kaseya on Friday.

Kaseya has urged customers to shut down servers running its VSA platform after dozens were hit with ransomware attacks.

A wave of ransomware attacks has struck worldwide recently, especially in the United States.

Ransomware attacks typically involve locking away data in systems using encryption, making companies pay to regain access.

Last year, hackers extorted at least $18 billion using such software, according to security firm Emsisoft.

In recent weeks, such attacks have hit oil pipelines, health services and major firms, and made it onto the agenda of US President Joe Biden’s June meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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