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Heightened IT security on Assange anniversary

Published tisdag 18 juni 2013 kl 10.54
Screen shot from an Anonymous video which threatened more cyber attacks on Sweden

Swedish security against IT attacks is being tightened, as Wednesday will mark one year since Julian Assange stepped into the Ecuadorian embassy in London asking for asylum. The Wikileaks founder had just lost a court hearing about his requested extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex assault allegations.

Anders Ahlqvist, an IT expert at the Swedish police, says “We know that every time there is an occasion like this, even if it’s only an anniversary, there’s a heightened risk.”

On earlier occasions there have been denial of service attacks on Swedish media, banks, companies, and agencies. The Swedish police see a connection between these and the Free Assange Movement and international networks like Anonymous.

On Monday Britain and Ecuador’s foreign ministers failed to find a solution to the impasse between the countries.

Assange claims should he be extradited to Sweden he would risk being sent on to the United States over the release of secret diplomatic cables by Wikileaks. But critics have pointed out that extradition from Britain to the United States is in fact easier than from Sweden.

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