Sweden scrambles to tighten data security as scandal claims two ministers | World news | The Guardian

Besides the entire national driver’s licence database, the records potentially included information on intelligence agents, military and police transport and personnel, people with criminal records and those in witness protection programmes, Swedish media have reported.

Fuente: Sweden scrambles to tighten data security as scandal claims two ministers | World news | The Guardian


Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, but He Still Faces Serious Legal Jeopardy

The termination of the Swedish investigation is, in one sense, good news for Assange. But it is unlikely to change his inability to leave the embassy any time soon. If anything, given the apparent determination of the Trump administration to put him in a U.S. prison cell for the “crime” of publishing documents, his freedom appears further away than it has since 2010, when the Swedish case began.

Fuente: Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, but He Still Faces Serious Legal Jeopardy


Julian Assange addresses media from Ecuadorian embassy in London – live | Media | The Guardian

“Today is an important victory for me,” Assange says, adding that his seven-year legal ordeal, which he calls unjust detention, “is not something that I can forgive.”It was “extremely regretful” that he was still being threatened with arrest if he leaves the embassy, he added,

Fuente: Julian Assange addresses media from Ecuadorian embassy in London – live | Media | The Guardian


Assange supporters condemn UK and Sweden in open letter | Media | The Guardian

Five hundred prominent names, including Ai Weiwei and Mairead Maguire, accuse countries of undermining UN human rights covenants

Fuente: Assange supporters condemn UK and Sweden in open letter | Media | The Guardian


Julian Assange: UN report is ‘victory that cannot be denied' – video | Media | The Guardian

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on Friday from the balcony of the Ecuador embassy in London, where he has been holed up for over three years

Fuente: Julian Assange: UN report is ‘victory that cannot be denied’ – video | Media | The Guardian


Julian Assange accuses UK minister of insulting UN after detention finding | Media | The Guardian

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond dismisses panel’s finding as ‘ridiculous’ but WikiLeaks founder hails ‘sweet victory’

Fuente: Julian Assange accuses UK minister of insulting UN after detention finding | Media | The Guardian


Inside Popcorn Time, the Piracy Party Hollywood Can't Stop | WIRED

Inside Popcorn Time, the Piracy Party Hollywood Can’t Stop | WIRED.

 

Popcorn Time was an instant hit when it launched just over a year ago: The video streaming service made BitTorrent piracy as easy as Netflix, but with far more content and none of those pesky monthly payments. Hollywood quickly intervened, pressuring Popcorn Time’s Argentinian developers to walk away from their creation. But anonymous coders soon relaunched the copyright-flouting software. Today, Popcorn Time is growing at a rate that has likely surpassed the original, and the people behind it say they’re working on changes designed to make the service virtually impervious to law enforcement.

As Popcorn Time celebrated the first anniversary of its rebirth, WIRED chatted via email and instant message with a software developer from Popcorn-Time.se, one of the most popular of several reincarnations of Popcorn Time. (The anonymous developer asked us to use Popcorn Time’s smiling popcorn-box mascot “Pochoclin” as his or her pseudonym.) Popcorn Time’s masked spokesperson says the streaming movie and TV app is flourishing—in defiance of many of the world’s most powerful copyright holders and EURid, the domain registrar that seized the original site’s web domain last year.

 

After everything we went through, this will be our sweetest revenge. Anonymous Popcorn Time spokesperson

Popcorn-Time.se, Pochoclin says, has millions of users and is growing at the mind-bending rate of 100,000 downloads per day. He or she also hinted that a forthcoming switch to a peer-to-peer architecture will make the service far harder for copyright cops to attack. “We’re at the threshold of one of the most exciting times since we started this project,” Pochoclin writes. “Making all our data available via p2p will mean that Popcorn Time will no longer rely on domains and centralized servers but only on its user base.”

“After everything we went through,” Pochoclin said, “this will be our sweetest revenge and our biggest victory.”

When Popcorn-Time.se started responding to WIRED’s questions in November, Pochoclin said the reborn project already had 4 million users. But it had taken a serious hit a few months earlier, when Brussels-based domain registrar EURid revoked its website domain, Time4Popcorn.eu. At its new Swedish domain, it’s only recently returned to that earlier adoption rate. (Pochoclin wouldn’t reveal the size of its current user base for fear of drawing more attention from law enforcement or copyright holders.) “[EURid’s domain seizure] was just a small setback … a small but painful kick to the balls,” the spokesperson says. “We’ve grown this project tremendously since we picked it up … The numbers just keep rising.”

A chart of Google searches for Popcorn Time over the last year, showing its quick growth since the shutdown of the original site in March of last year. (Source: Google Trends, which shows only relative search trends rather than absolute numbers of searches.)Click to Open Overlay Gallery
A chart of Google searches for Popcorn Time over the last year, showing its quick growth since the shutdown of the original site in March of last year. (Source: Google Trends, which shows only relative search trends rather than absolute numbers of searches.)

Julian Assange to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London | Media | The Guardian

Julian Assange to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London | Media | The Guardian.

Julian Assange has been in Ecuador’s embassy in London for nearly three years to avoid extradition from Sweden.Julian Assange has taken refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London to avoid extradition from Sweden. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Lawyers for Julian Assange have claimed victory after a Swedish prosecutor bowed to pressure from the courts and agreed to break the deadlock in his case by interviewing the WikiLeaks founder in London.

Marianne Ny, who heads the investigation into accusations of rape, coercion and sexual molestation against Assange, made a formal request to interrogate him in the Ecuadorian embassy – the first sign of movement in a case that has been frozen since August 2012.

The prosecutor will also ask the UK government and Ecuador for permission to carry out the interviews at the embassy in London, where Assange has been staying for more than two-and-a-half years to avoid extradition to Sweden, from where he fears being handed over to the US to face espionage charges.

Ny said she had changed her mind because the statute of limitations on several of the crimes of which Assange is suspected runs out in August 2015.

“My attitude has been that the forms for a hearing with him at the embassy in London are such that the quality of the interrogation would be inadequate and that he needs to be present in Sweden at a trial. That assessment remains,” Ny said in a statement.

“Now time is running out and I therefore believe that I have to accept a loss of quality in the investigation and take the risk that the hearing will not take the investigation forward, because no other option is available as long as Assange does not make himself available in Sweden,” she said.

Per Samuelson, a Stockholm lawyer for Assange, said: “It is a victory for us. We have been asking for this to happen for over four years. That is the route to acquittal.”


La fiscal sueca cambia de opinión y pide interrogar a Assange en Londres | Internacional | EL PAÍS

La fiscal sueca cambia de opinión y pide interrogar a Assange en Londres | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

 

Assange, en una comparecencia desde la embajada de Ecuador, en 2012. / LEON NEAL (AFP)

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La Fiscalía de Suecia ha planteado al fundador de Wikileaks, Julian Assange, la posibilidad de interrogarle en Londres por los delitos sexuales que se le imputan en el país nórdico, por los que también se ha solicitado una prueba de ADN. Con ello, la justicia sueca espera poder esclarecer las cuatro denuncias que pesan en su contra y por las que dictó una orden de presión preventiva en ausencia de Assange en 2010.

El motivo del cambio de decisión de la fiscal superior de Suecia, Marianne Ny, que hasta ahora se había negado a viajar a Londres apelando a la legislación sueca, es que varios de los delitos de los que Assange es sospechoso prescriben en agosto de 2015, explicó la Fiscalía en un comunicado.

Assange permanece encerrado en la Embajada de Ecuador en la capital británica desde junio de 2012. En este tiempo, el fundador de Wikileaks ha evitado su extradición a Suecia aprovechando el limbo legal en el que se quedó tras saltarse los requisitos de libertad vigilada en Reino Unido.

Assange ha negado cualquier responsabilidad en estos delitos, pero se niega a dar explicaciones en Suecia porque no existen garantías de que no vaya a ser extraditado con posterioridad a Estados Unidos, donde sería juzgado por la filtración masiva de documentos oficiales a Wikileaks.


The Pirate Bay vuelve a estar disponible “como el ave Fenix” – BioBioChile

The Pirate Bay vuelve a estar disponible “como el ave Fenix” – BioBioChile.


The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay

Publicado por Eduardo Woo
Tras cerrar en diciembre por orden judicial, The Pirate Bay ha regresado de sus cenizas cual ave Fénix, según se puede ver en su portada que deja el clásico barco pirata.

Con su dominio original, el sitio regresó este 1 de febrero con todos los links a archivos de descarga, sean películas, series, libros, música, entre otros documentos.

El caso recuerda lo ocurrido con MegaUpload, que también cerró tras una investigación judicial, pero luego retornó con el nombre de Mega y mucho más recargado, con funciones de encriptado y correo.

Otro que debió cerrar a fines de 2014 fue SeriesPepito.com, el que sin embargo retornó aunque con otro dominio en Tonga.

Todos los casos anteriores han sido esfuerzos de la industria del entretenimiento de intentar eliminar estos sitios de intercambio de archivos, ante los millones y millones de dólares que les supone en pérdidas.


The Pirate Bay Is Back Online! | TorrentFreak

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online! | TorrentFreak.

The Pirate Bay has risen from its digital ashes once again. TPB is back online today, more than seven weeks after its servers were raided . The notorious torrent site is operating from the familiar .se domain and it appears that data loss is minimal.

pirate bayEarly December The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm.

After being down for two weeks the domain came back online waving a pirate flag on its temporary homepage.

TPB later added a countdown to February 1st, alongside several hints that the site would reappear that day.

Today we can report that The Pirate Bay has lived up to the comeback expectations, with a comeback one day ahead of schedule.


The Pirate Bay set to return on 1 February | Technology | The Guardian

The Pirate Bay set to return on 1 February | Technology | The Guardian.

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 The Pirate Bay appears set to sail again on 1 February like a phoenix from the ashes of a police raid. Photograph: Screengrab

Pirate Bay’s revival seems certain after the torrent site has started to display a logo of phoenix with a timer counting down to 1 February.

The timer was unveiled last week along with a revived but non-functioning site. Now the phoenix, a symbol of rebirth used by the Pirate Bay in previous relaunches of the site, has replaced the iconic battleship logo and the animated waving pirate flag.

On the homepage, the Pirate Bay battleship travels towards a cartoon of an island harbour named “welcome home”, now positioned overlapping the island.


Pirate Bay 'Copycats' Flourish After Raid | TorrentFreak

Pirate Bay ‘Copycats’ Flourish After Raid | TorrentFreak.

More than three days have passed since The Pirate Bay went down after a raid on a Swedish datacenter. While there is still no sign that TPB is preparing a comeback, several copies of the popular torrent site are drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors.

pirate bayThe torrent community is still shaken up by the abruptraid on the Pirate Bay this week.

With millions of visitors a day TPB was one of the largest websites on the Internet and despite the police action its users remain hungry for fresh content.

We previously reported that other large torrent sites have noticed a significant uptick in traffic in recent days. However, many of TPB’s users are eagerly waiting for the original site to return.

Thus far it’s still unclear whether the site will return in the near future, if at all. Our queries to find out more remain unanswered for now.

Meanwhile there’s a ‘worrying’ development that Pirate Bay “copies” are gaining a lot of momentum. While none of these sites are associated with The Pirate Bay they are happy to welcome the extra visitors.

First a word of caution. None of the sites below are related to the “official” site and visitors should beware of scams and malware.


Swedish police raid sinks The Pirate Bay | Technology | The Guardian

Swedish police raid sinks The Pirate Bay | Technology | The Guardian.

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 The Pirate Bay has been taken offline by police raids in Sweden. Photograph: The Pirate Bay

Swedish police have raided and seized computer and server equipment in Stockholm, taking the notorious piracy site the Pirate Bay offline.

The site, which has survived the arrest and jailing of its founders, several attempts to remove it from the internet and blockade by internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK and internationally, has been unavailable for more than 24 hours.

“We had a crackdown on a server room in greater Stockholm because of a copyright infringement, and yes it was Pirate Bay,” said Paul Pinter, national co-ordinator for intellectual property crime at Stockholm County Police.

He said that Rights Alliance, a Swedish anti-piracy group, had made the complaint. Sara Lindback, its head, said that Pirate Bay was “an illegal commercial service” making “considerable earnings by infringing the works of others”.

Servers and computers seized

Sources quoted by BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak have confirmed that the servers seized in the raid belonged to the Pirate Bay. Despite several sites appearing to be the piracy site briefly coming back online, it has not yet been resurrected.

Several sites affiliated with the Pirate Bay, including EZTV, Zoink, Torrage, Istole, bayimg.com, pastebay.net and Pirate Bay’s internet forum suprbay.org, have also been taken offline.

Fredrik Ingblad, a Swedish intellectual property crime prosecutor, said: “There were a number of police officers and digital forensics experts there. This took place during the morning and continued until this afternoon. Several servers and computers were seized, but I cannot say exactly how many.”

It is not known whether Swedish authorities also seized the Pirate Bay domain names as part of their action against the piracy site.

The Pirate Bay has been blocked at the ISP level in the UK since 2012. Users of the site have been able to circumvent the court-ordered block by accessing proxy sites, which replicate the Pirate Bay services and pull data from the main site when a user accesses them operating as a relay.

Many of these proxy sites are still operating despite the primary Pirate Bay site being taken offline, but they have no data of their own and are essentially crippled by the removal of the Pirate Bay from the internet.


Edward Snowden: winning Sweden’s alternative Nobel prize is vindication – video | World news | The Guardian

Edward Snowden: winning Sweden’s alternative Nobel prize is vindication – video | World news | The Guardian.

Edward Snowden issues a recorded statement after being awarded Sweden’s Right Livelihood Honorary Award, dubbed the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’. The National Security Agency whistleblower says he accepts the award on behalf of those who risked their lives to help ‘resist unlawful and disproportionate mass surveillance’. He says the award serves as a ‘vindication’ for such efforts

 


Microsoft ofrece más de 2 mil millones de dólares por la creadora de “Minecraft” – BioBioChile

Microsoft ofrece más de 2 mil millones de dólares por la creadora de “Minecraft” – BioBioChile.

 

MinecraftMinecraft

Publicado por Eduardo Woo | La Información es de Agencia AFP
 

El gigante del software Microsoft está negociando la adquisición del popular videojuego Minecraft, en un trato que podría alcanzar los 2.000 millones de dólares, según informó este martes el diario estadounidense Wall Street Journal.

Microsoft y la empresa sueca de videojuegos Mojan AB, dueña de Minecraft, no han querido comentar el informe, basado en una fuente no revelada.


59 International Organizations Call Upon UN to Remedy Human Rights Violations in Pre-Charge Detention of Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange



59 International Organizations Call Upon UN to Remedy Human Rights Violations in Pre-Charge Detention of Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange

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For Immediate Release: 16 June 2014

 

59 International Organizations Call Upon UN to Remedy Human Rights Violations in Pre-Charge Detention of Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange

Geneva, Switzerland – Before the United Nations this Sunday, 26 international human rights, fair trial, and jurist organizations, and 33 Latin American civil society organisations, condemned Sweden’s violation of the fundamental human rights of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has experienced protracted pre-charge detention stemming from a Swedish investigation which has yet to charge him. Mr. Assange’s pre-charge detention has spanned nearly four years as US Federal Grand Jury prepares a criminal case against WikiLeaks and it’s officers.

 

Two Swedish organizations, as well as jurist organizations from around the world including the American Association of Jurists (AAJ), the National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and the Indian Association of Lawyers submitted two reports —one in English and one in Spanish— each highlighting various procedural rights violations  of Julian Assange, Sweden’s longest running case of pre-trial deprivation of liberty.

 

A third report, signed by 33 human rights groups, media and civil society organisations, and unions, including the Global Women’s March (Marcha Mundial das Mulheres, MMM), petitioned the Human Rights Commission in Geneva to intervene to free the ’political prisoner’, Julian Assange.

 

The reports were submitted to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the peak UN human rights review mechanism that investigates each country’s human rights record every four years. The submissions expose numerous systematic deficiencies in Swedish pre-trial procedures like the routine placement of persons who have not been charged with any crime in indefinite, isolated, or unexplained pre-charge detention.

 

According to the English report, signed by 16 organizations, “The methods employed by the prosecutor in Mr. Assange’s case are a clear violation of his fundamental human rights, yet they remain beyond the reach of judicial review.”

 

The second submission, signed by 10 international human rights, fair trial, and jurist organizations, says that “the Swedish Authorities’ demand that Mr. Assange be physically present in Sweden for questioning… would imply that Mr. Assange would have to renounce his inalienable right [to the protection afforded by his asylum in relation to the United States], but also means in practice that Mr. Assange would have to risk his life and physical integrity”.

 

The third submission, signed by 33 human rights groups, media and civil society organisations, and unions, from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Ecuador, petitioned the UN Human Rights Commission to intervene with Sweden in order to secure the immediate release of Julian Assange:

 

“The entire international community has witnessed the opportunistic manipulation of the accusations against Mr. Assange, in an attempt to destroy his reputation and to prevent his freedom and his ability to act politically. It is obvious that this unprecedented situation has not come about as a result of the alleged acts committed in Sweden, but rather due to the clear political interference by powerful interests in response to Mr. Assange’s journalistic and political activities. This situation has turned Julian Assange into a political prisoner, who is effectively condemned to house arrest without any charges having been brought against him, without being able to exercise his right to due process.”


Pirate Bay founder arrested after two years on the run | Technology | theguardian.com

Pirate Bay founder arrested after two years on the run | Technology | theguardian.com.

Peter Sunde had been wanted by Interpol over an outstanding sentence for copyright violations Reuters in Stockholm
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Peter Sunde has been arrested after being on the run for two years, and wanted by Interpol. Photograph: Richard Saker for the Guardian

One of the founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay has been arrested in southern Sweden to serve an outstanding sentence for copyright violations after being on the run for nearly two years, Swedish police have said.

Peter Sunde had been wanted by Interpol since 2012 after being sentenced in Sweden to prison and fined for breaching copyright laws.

“We have been looking for him since 2012,” said Carolina Ekeus, spokeswoman at the Swedish national police board. “He was given eight months in jail so he has to serve his sentence.”

Ekeus said Sunde had been arrested on Saturday in the southern Swedish county of Skane but she was not able to provide further details.

Four men linked to Pirate Bay were originally sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of £2.85m. An appeals court later reduced the prison sentences by varying amounts, but raised the fine to £4.1m.

In September, 2012, Cambodia arrested and deported another Pirate Bay co-founder at Sweden’s request.

Swedish media reported on Saturday that Sunde may have been living in Germany in recent years and that Sweden’s supreme court had as recently as May rejected an appeal from him.

“He is extremely talented and I still think that the judgment was wrong,” Peter Althin, who defended Sunde during the trial, was quoted as saying by Swedish news service TT.

“It’s about being on the cutting edge if one is going to be successful … But if one is too far ahead it is not always about success. Peter fought for file-sharing and in 10 years I think it goes without saying that file-sharing for one’s own needs will be allowed.”

Pirate Bay, launched in 2003, provided links to music and movie files that were stored on other users’ computers. Swedish subsidiaries of prominent music and film companies had taken the company to court claiming damages for lost revenue.

Despite the Swedish court case, the website is still functioning. On its website, Pirate Bay says it is now run by a different organisation and is registered in the Seychelles.


Snowden, Greenwald, Appelbaum, WikiLeaks 'blacklisted' from Stockholm Internet Forum — RT News

Snowden, Greenwald, Appelbaum, WikiLeaks ‘blacklisted’ from Stockholm Internet Forum — RT News.

Published time: May 27, 2014 16:36

Image from David Michael Miranda's facebook page

Image from David Michael Miranda’s facebook page

Key digital rights activists – including Edward Snowden and hacker Jacob Appelbaum – have been blacklisted from the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) on internet openness and freedom. The move has caused a stir at the gathering and outraged Twitter users.

The third annual European meeting of internet activists kicked off in Sweden on May 26, with its main theme being “Internet– privacy, transparency, surveillance and control.”

But strangely enough, those whose names immediately spring to mind when it comes to the issue of surveillance were not allowed to attend the event.

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who revealed the NSA’s mass spying program, was not invited. Neither was journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story.

Hacker Jacob Appelbaum, who found German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone number in Snowden’s database, didn’t receive an invitation either.

The conference also failed to invite representatives of WikiLeaks, which repeatedly made headlines worldwide by leaking diplomatic cables.

According to German magazine Cicero Online, the only non-governmental organization among the hosts of the conference – .SE – had made a list of possible candidates and sent it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approval.The ministry vetoed the activists from attending the SIF – the brainchild of Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. Snowden’s name was marked red, the magazine wrote, suggesting that could be code for “do not invite.”


El fundador de Pirate Bay es condenado a dos años de cárcel

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La sentencia consideró probado que Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, llevó a cabo en 2010 un ataque informático, uno de los más graves en la historia de Suecia, contra la empresa Logica, encargada de almacenar los registros de importantes clientes, como Hacienda.

Un tribunal de Nacka (Suecia) condenó este jueves a dos años de prisión al sueco Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, cofundador del portal “The Pirate Bay” (TPB), por un delito de piratería informática, fraude grave e intento de fraude.

La sentencia consideró probado que Warg y un conocido, condenado hoy a libertad condicional de un año, realizaron en 2010 un ataque informático, uno de los más graves en la historia de Suecia, contra la empresa Logica, encargada de almacenar los registros de importantes clientes, como Hacienda.