After being arrested at his home in Cambodia in 2012, earlier this year Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking a Swedish IT company and a local bank. His appeal was heard earlier this month and today the Court of Appeal handed down its decision. The popular Swede, one of the founders of The Pirate Bay, had mixed fortunes. He was found guilty of hacking Logica but cleared of hacking the bank. His sentence was reduced from two years to just one.
Following a trial spanning two weeks, the Stockholm District Court has just handed down its sentence in the Gottfrid Svartholm hacking case. The 28-year-old was found guilty of hacking into Logica, a company carrying out work for local tax authorities, and sentenced to two years in jail. Another man, said to be his accomplice, was sentenced to probation.
It’s been revealed that one of the computer accounts used regularly by the alleged hackers in the ongoing Gottfrid Svartholm case belonged to Monique Wadsted, a lawyer who represented the entertainment companies in the original Pirate Bay trial. Accounts including Wadsted’s were allegedly manipulated to gain deeper access to IT systems. In the meantime, suspects say they are reluctant to speak for fear of Hells Angels reprisals.