IT expert casts doubts on hacking allegations

American computer security expert and hacker Jacob Appelbaum said that the evidence in Denmark's largest ever hacking case is "tainted" and the prosecution "doesn't understand anything related to technology at all".

IT expert casts doubts on hacking allegations
Jacob Appelbaum at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress in December 2013. Photo: Tobias Klenze/WikiCommons
The American IT expert and journalist Jacob Appelbaum testified on Friday in the ongoing hacking trial against Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and his 21-year-old Danish codefendant
Appelbaum, whose testimony helped clear Warg of hacking charges in Sweden, repeated in the Frederiksberg courtroom that Warg’s computer could have been controlled by others to carry out the hack of IT giant CSC. 
Speaking to the press following his court appearance, Appelbaum said Warg’s computer was “clearly a lab computer” designed for multiple users. 
Appelbaum said that the prosecution was absolutely clueless when it comes to technology. 
“The same facts that were misrepresented in Sweden, I think, are being misrepresented here in Denmark. I don’t think it’s intentional, I just think the prosecutor is ignorant of the topic. He has said that himself and that is an important detail. Everyone has justice in mind, but he clearly does not have technical details in mind,” he said. 
“It is pretty obvious he doesn’t understand anything related to technology at all,” Appelbaum added. 
The American contended that Warg was a “political prisoner, but because he’s white and this is Scandinavia, people laugh at that”. 
He also said it was very problematic that, according to revelations from Politiken, CSC itself has provided all evidence of the alleged hack after neither police nor military defence experts were able to come up with anything on their own. 
“The evidence being collected by the victim [CSC, ed] is tainted evidence that doesn’t meet the standard of justice anywhere,” he said. 
Despite his views on the prosecution's case, Appelbaum predicted that Warg "would not leave Denmark as a free man". 
You can hear Appelbaum's press conference below, courtesy of Radio24syv: 

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Suspected hackers show porn on Swedish station billboard

Commuters in a southeast Swedish city were briefly roused from their wintry routines by a public display of pornography at a bus stop outside the central rail station, officials said on Friday.

Suspected hackers show porn on Swedish station billboard
The screens at Kalmar station began suddenly showing porn images. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
For about 15 minutes on Thursday afternoon, during maintenance of an interactive display in the city of Kalmar, the usual adverts and videos were replaced by explicit images from a pornography website.
“We got information from a bus driver that someone had put pornographic imagery on one of our displays,” Karl-Johan Bodell, traffic director at Kalmar's regional public transport company KLT, told AFP.
The screen at Kalmar's central station in Sweden's southeast was quickly switched off — and will remain off until the cause is uncovered.
Local media reported that hackers were to blame and Bodell conceded that hacking was “the first thing that comes to mind”, but stressed that the cause had not yet been confirmed. 
KLT said the company supplying the display was conducting an investigation into what had caused the switch and how they might prevent future incidents.