Published Oct 31, 2014The folks behind torrent-sharing giant the Pirate Bay have already experienced a mountain of legal troubles over the years, and now co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has received a jail sentence over a separate case involving hacking.
Warg has been given a three-and-a-half-year prison term from a Danish court, after being charged with breaking into computers owned by technical services company CSC. Prosecutors called it the "largest hacking case to date," according to the BBC.
The incident took place in 2012, when Warg and an accomplice allegedly gained access to social security numbers and police records. His lawyers admitted that the hacking was carried out on computer belonging to Warg, but argued that an unnamed third party had taken over the machine to download the files. The judge and jury decided that this story was "unlikely."
Warg's accomplice was given a six-month sentence, and he was released due to having spent 17 months in custody before the trail.
This isn't Warg's first brush with the law. In 2013, he was sentenced to jail in his homeland of Sweden due to his involvement in the Pirate Bay. He was also convicted for hacking into a bank's computers.