Pirate Bay Founder Guilty Of Hacking In Danish Trial

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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the Swedish cofounder of The Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking by a Danish court in the latest of a fairly long line of legal problems for him.


Svartholm Warg's offences center around the hacking of servers maintained by US IT giant CSC, and in particular managing to download Danish social security numbers, access criminal records, and access police driving license records. The hacking was allegedly carried out between April and August 2012, by Svartholm Warg and his c0-defendant, a 21-year-old Dane known by the alias of JLT.

The defense still maintain that all the prosecution's evidence only proves that the hacking was carried out on Svartholm Warg's computer, and that there's nothing physically tying the attacks to Svartholm Warg in person — he maintains that his entire group of developers had access to the computer, and any one of them could be responsible for the hacking.

Unfortunately for Svartholm Warg, he's been convicted nonetheless, and could be facing a six-year sentence, which is apparently what the prosecution is pushing for. This sentence would follow the years that Svartholm Warg has already spent in Sweden for a separate hacking charge, not to mention all the other legal difficulties he's faced related to setting up the world's best-known torrenting website. [Torrent Freak]



Hold up, what kind of Danish???