The site bloggportalen.se which was used for bloggers who wanted to promote their blog, is now closed down and might not open again according to the owner Jimmy Holmlund. The passwords are encrypted but it is easy to crack the encryption if one has the right knowledge.
“Unfortunately I cannot prevent the information from being spread at the moment. If one has used the same password on Bloggportalen as on other sites, one should change them” says Holmlund to the daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
The parliamentarian William Petzäll, (former Sweden Democrat, now independent) got his twitter account hijacked today and a person who claimed to be him accused his former party colleagues for having access to the passwords to the e-mail accounts of journalists of the major Swedish newspapers. The false Petzäll also spread the passwords via the Twitter account.
“I can confirm that the party leadership of the Sweden Democrats has had full access to everything Aftonbladet and Expressen had in their mail boxes for many years” wrote the false Petzäll on Twitter.
Whether this is true or not, is not yet confirmed but these two newspapers have started their own investigations. The Sweden Democrats denies the accusation.
This chairman for the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Åkesson said to the public broadcaster Sveriges radio:
“I want to emphasis that the accusations directed against the party in this twitter flow are false. There is nothing more to say about it. What do make me upset, is that media choses to direct these accusations against us despite its lack of credibility. Our suspicions that Petzäll’s twitter account had been hijacked also turned out to be true”
Nevertheless, the 94, 000 passwords have been published on the internet. Most of the affected politicians and journalists say the passwords are old and that they do not uses them on other sites. Some might however have gotten unwanted visitors in their e-mail folders.