Gottfrid Svartholm To Face Cyber-Attack Charges And More
Last year we’ve mentioned that Swedish authorities have accused Pirate Bay’s co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm of hacking into several companies. Now, Sweden’s most wanted awaits trial.
The mastermind behind Pirate Bay allegedly hacked into several Swedish companies and, according to the prosecutor, tried to transfer money out of the Nordea bank. To that end, prosecutor Henrik Olin said that:
“A large amount of data from companies and agencies was taken during the hack, including a large amount of personal data, such as personal identity numbers (personnummer) of people with protected identities.”
The charges brought on Svartholm are dead serious – aggravated fraud, attempted aggravated fraud, and being an accomplice to attempted aggravated fraud.
“I’d say that Svartholm Warg is the main person and brains behind the hacker attack,” the prosecutor told TT – a Swedish news agency.
The protected personal data Svartholm allegedly obtained after hacking the companies’ networks was quick to surface the internet, but “why did that happen?” is the question that bothers Olin.
“We’ve had a lot of theories but I can’t find a motive in the evidence. What I can say is that we’re talking about an incredibly technically advanced hack against a large server environment considered to have very high security and that can boost one’s status in certain circles,” he said.
Evidence provided by a confiscated computer and transcripts of online discussions between Svartholm and three other suspects will be used against Pirate Bay’s co-founder, but whether this will stand in court or not is about to be seen.
Until then, Svartholm remains the prisoner of a Mariefred prison in central Sweden due to his connections with The Pirate Bay.
As for the hacking charges, a trial is expected to start this late May.