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Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty of hacking in Sweden and sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

Warg, 28, was found guilty of breaking into the Swedish arm of IT services firm Logica before publishing the personal data of thousands of people, as well as hacking into Nordea (Scandinavia’s biggest bank) before transferring 24,200 Danish crowns ($4,300), as well as unsuccessfully attempting to transfer 683,000 euros ($915,500), The Independent reports.

The Nacka District Court rejected defence arguments that an unidentified hacker had used Warg's compromised PC to launch these attacks.

The Pirate Bay founder was found guilty of computer hacking, aggravated fraud and attempted aggravated fraud. An unnamed 36-year-old accomplice was sentenced to probation over the same set of offences, Aftonbladet reports.

More coverage of the sentencing can be found in a story by Reuters here and the Associated Press here.

Warg was extradited from Cambodia last to begin a one year jail sentence over a 2009 conviction for internet piracy. The latest case is unrelated.

Warg's legal troubles do not end with the latest case. Earlier this week Nacka District Court ruled that Warg should be extradited to Denmark to face charges of conspiracy to hack into IT services firm CSC's servers and illegally accessing the EU's Schengen Information System, which holds data about wanted criminal suspects from the 27 EU member states, and also downloading millions of Danes' personal identity numbers. ®

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