Pirate Bay founder accused of new crime in SwedenSeptember 10th, 2012 by Karl Ritter in Technology / Internet
Feb. 16, 2009 file photo of Gottfrid Swartholm Warg. A Swedish man deported from Cambodia to serve a prison sentence for his involvement with file-sharing site The Pirate Bay faces new suspicions of hacking against the Swedish tax authority. Swedish prosecutors say Gottfrid Swartholm Warg was arrested in the new investigation upon his return to Sweden on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Bertil Ericson, File)
(AP)—A Swedish man repatriated by Cambodia to serve a prison sentence for his involvement with file-sharing site The Pirate Bay was arrested in a new hacking investigation as he returned home Tuesday.
Prosecutors said Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, is suspected of hacker attacks against a company handling sensitive information for the Swedish tax authority.
Svartholm Warg, also known by his Internet alias "Anakata," was convicted of copyright violations in 2009 along with three Pirate Bay colleagues. Sweden issued an international arrest warrant after he failed to show up for an appeals hearing in which his one-year prison sentence was upheld.
He was detained last week at his rented apartment in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and deported late Monday at the request of Swedish authorities.
Fredrik Berg, a spokesman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said Svartholm Warg's detention in Cambodia was related to his prison sentence. Berg could not say whether the new investigation was also a factor.
He was formally arrested upon arrival in Sweden early Tuesday as a suspect in the hacking investigation and could face a pretrial detention hearing in that case later this week, Berg said.
That investigation centers on hacker attacks in which secret details of people living under protected identity in Sweden were illegally obtained from a technology firm handling information from the Swedish Tax Agency. Hacking is punishable by fines or up to two years in prison under Swedish law.
Svartholm Warg's lawyer Ola Salomonsson said he couldn't comment Tuesday because he had not yet spoken to his client and didn't know the details of the allegations.
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.
It is still running despite the convictions of Svartholm Warg and three co-defendants, who were ordered to pay 46 million kronor ($6.5 million) in damages to the entertainment industry.
Some in the international hacker community took offense at Svartholm Warg's detention by Cambodian authorities, saying he was being persecuted for alleged links to WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
A hacking group calling itself NullCrew claimed to have broken into several Cambodian websites last week in retaliation.
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