A History of a Hack – Epilogue, or anakata’s sentence

Some time ago we recounted the plight of anakata, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, charged with numerous counts of hacking to mainframe computers in Sweden. A few days ago a judgement was passed in his case, but it is probably not the end.

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A History of a Hack

Anakata in the Court Room (source: Aftonbladet)

On 20 May 2013, the trial of Gottfrid Svartholm a.k.a. anakata, co-founder of TPB, commenced in Stockholm. Yet, he was not accused of any copyright infringement but of serious hackings. What he was accused of and how the police picked up his trail?

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Multiple bank accounts robbed by thieves using an innovative service of a mobile phone operator

In June and July of 2015, the thieves stole several hundred thousand zlotys (at least 100k EUR) from accounts of the bank customers. The affected customers had one thing in common – they had a phone in Play network (a Polish mobile operator) and received a series of text messages with codes to authorize non-commissioned transfers.

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Bypassing Apple’s Activation Lock with typing and magnets – for a fraction of a second

One of the strongest security mechanisms implemented by Apple is called Activation Lock. It prohibits anyone without access to owner’s Apple ID password from accessing a stolen or lost iDevice. Unless they have a lot of patience and some magnets. Read more »