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No Suspect in Iceland ‘Spy Computer’ Case

Björgvin Björgvinsson, senior officer of the Capital Region Police’s investigative department, said the investigation of the so-called ‘spy computer’ that was found at the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, in February last year, is still open and unresolved.

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The Althingi parliament. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“It isn’t timely to reveal anything about the progress of the investigation at this moment,” Björgvinsson told Fréttabladid. According to the newspaper’s sources, the police don’t have any suspects in this case.

The police are also investigating another case of a similar nature, related to the media’s coverage of the affairs of footballer Eidur Smári Gudjohnsen and businessman Karl Wernersson.

A young man, who has now turned 18, is suspected of intelligence theft and of having distributed stolen information to the media. An employee of Milestone, where Wernersson was chairman, sued over the intelligence theft. The young man had worked there as a computer processing assistant.

The police confiscated a few computers belonging to the young man and have investigated most of their content, some of which can be used as evidence, according to Fréttabladid’s sources.

The young man, who currently lives abroad, has been questioned in relation to three cases and is the only suspect in the intelligence theft case.

Reykjavík Law Firm sent a letter to Morgunbladid daily on behalf of tabloid newspaper DV yesterday demanding an apology to be printed on the newspaper’s front page and ISK 1 million (USD 8,600, EUR 6,300) in damages because of the newspaper’s coverage of these two computer cases.

The newspaper claimed that a journalist from DV is suspected of having paid the young man for stealing information, which he then went on to publish in the paper, and that the young man is also believed to be connected with the so-called ‘spy computer’ at Althingi parliament.

However, a connection between these two cases has not been confirmed.

According to Fréttabladid’s sources, the police’s investigation has revealed that the computer found at Althingi was disguised as a data distributor. It had no operating system so it could only be started remotely.

The computer was programmed to receive data and forward it without showing any traces of the data transfer after it was shut down.

The computer was connected to Althingi’s computer system from December 28, 2009 to February 2, 2010, when an employee of Althingi found it in an office in the committee division.

The computer was running when it was found but it had been shut down once the police had received it. It couldn’t be identified because all markings had been removed.

Click here to read Morgunbladid’s coverage of this story.

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