A red dot on the map indicated the home of someone who has been convicted of a crime over the past five years. Photo: Per Larsson/TT.

Offender website to re-open on foreign server

The controversial Lexbase offender database earned one million krona a day during the three days before it was forced to close down, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports. Now the owners plan to re-open the database, which allows people to check on their neighbours criminal records, on an international server.

Dagens Nyheter reports that, in the nine months in the run up to the site's opening in January, Lexbase ordered sentences from courts all around the country to the amount of SEK 895,269. That money was quickly retrieved, when customers rushing to their website also paid the fee to see other people's criminal records.

Because Lexbase had managed to obtain a publishing license, it acted with the same constitutional protection as radio, television and newspapers. In the end, it was the site's internet provider that pulled the plug on the site, after fundamental internet security breaches were revealed, and it was feared that hackers had accessed customers' bank details.

According to the Dagens Nyheter source, it is only a question of time before the site opens up from a new server. "They see this as their big chance to become really rich," the source is quoted as saying.

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