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Pirate Bay founder suspected of hacking into police database

Published torsdag 6 juni 2013 kl 16.58
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg. Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the Swedish founder of the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay is suspected along with a Dane of hacking into a company handling sensitive information for the Danish police, reports news agency AFP.

Denmark's justice minister tells the Associated Press that hackers accessed "some information" from the Schengen Information System, a large European database on police and judicial co-operation.

AFP says that a  source close to the police investigation which is now underway, told it that one of the suspects is Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, who was arrested in Cambodia last year and repatriated to Sweden where he is in custody, suspected in a similar case.

National police chief Jens Henrik Hoejbjerg said the hackers copied some 4 million pieces of data but there was no immediate evidence it had been used.

Svartholm Warg, the Swedish founder of The Pirate Bay, was convicted in Sweden of copyright violations in 2009, along with three Pirate Bay colleagues. Sweden issued an international arrest warrant after he failed to show up for an appeals hearing during which his one-year prison sentence was upheld.

He was deported from Cambodia last year at the request of Swedish authorities who suspect him in another case - the hacking of the Swedish tax authority - but no charges have been filed.

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