Pirate Bay Swede's hacking, fraud sentence reducedAP , Associated Press
Sep. 25, 2013 9:49 AM ET
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court has dismissed part of the hacking and fraud charges against the founder of the popular file-sharing website Pirate Bay and reduced his prison sentence from two years to one.
The Svea Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed cases against Gottfrid Svartholm Warg relating to the hacking of Nordea Bank AB, saying it could not be ruled out that others may have remotely accessed his computer as he has claimed. It upheld the conviction of hacking into the servers of two other companies, Applicate and Logica, which handle sensitive information for Sweden's police force and tax authority.
The court, which heard two IT experts in the case, noted that Svartholm Warg had not disputed his computer was used in several hacking cases between January 2010 and August 2012.
In 2009, a Swedish court gave him and three Pirate Bay colleagues one-year sentences for copyright violation. They also were ordered to pay 46 million kronor ($6.5 million) in damages to the entertainment industry.
Svartholm Warg appealed that ruling, but left the country. He was arrested in Cambodia in 2012 and deported back to Sweden after an international arrest warrant was issued against him. He has served out his sentence for his first conviction while under detention over his hacking charges.
Known by his Internet alias "Anakata," the 28-year-old Svartholm Warg also is wanted in Denmark, where he is suspected of hacking to access sensitive information.
The Pirate Bay is one of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites, offering millions of users a forum for downloading music, movies and computer games.