STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish appeals court on Wednesday reduced a hacking case sentence for a founder of file-sharing website Pirate Bay to one year, saying it could not be proved he had broken into Nordic bank Nordea’s mainframe computer himself.
A district court in June sentenced Gottfrid Svartholm Warg to two years in jail for hacking into computers at a company that manages data for Swedish authorities, and into Nordea’s mainframe and making illegal cash transfers through it.
But the Svea Court of Appeal dismissed the charges relating to Nordea, saying Warg’s computer could possibly have been operated remotely in that incident.
Warg, a 28-year-old Swede, was extradited to Sweden last year from Cambodia to begin a separate one-year jail sentence, incurred when he was convicted in 2009 of Internet piracy along with other co-founders of Pirate Bay.
Reporting by Anna Ringstrom; Editing by Alistair Lyon