While the state of Icelandic newspapers has been pretty dismal of late, one paper has been showing some maverick moves – the notorious DV, which traditionally has been the closest thing Iceland has to a tabloid.
DV has been delivering up all sorts of scoops, like details of Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen’s finances and stuff about some of the útrásarvíkingar** deemed highly confidential – and had been gaining increasing respect as a result.
It now transpires that DV is likely to have paid for data stolen from a legal firm here in the city. The culprit – who has now been charged – is a 17-year old guy who was in charge of setting up the firm’s computer network.
[And lest you think we have a case of whiz-like computer hacking à la Lisbeth Salander, think again: this was just a regular old break-in.]
Obviously DV is refusing to name its sources, but many others are pondering this: why did a legal firm that counted some of Iceland’s major tycoons among its clients entrust the set-up of its computer network to an underage kid with no real credentials?
* there is random speculation that they just got someone’s cousin to set it up for them in an effort to save a few crowns.
** útrásarvíkingar – Icelandic tycoons that went abroad and bought up everything in sight thereby assisting in bankrupting the country.