Economy

Swiss winemaker, spy among 4 arrested over hacking

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities say they have arrested a Swiss winemaker, a spy and two others on charges of hacking the computers of at least two journalists.

The Geneva public prosecutor says winemaker Dominique Giroud and an unnamed federal intelligence officer, along with a professional hacker and a private investigator, were arrested for hacking while allegedly trying to identify the source of media leaks about a criminal investigation into Giroud in Swiss canton (state) Vaud.

The nationalities of the two others weren't provided. A statement Thursday from the prosecutor's office said the arrests arose from a complaint filed by news media organizations, without elaborating for now.

News outlets including broadcaster Radio Television Suisse and Le Temps newspaper reported recently about a probe by Swiss authorities into suspected tax fraud involving Giroud's empire.

Related Headlines

  • Top 10 carmakers sitting on $221 billion in cash

    A new study shows that the top 10 global automakers amassed more than $221 billion (161 billion euros) in cash by the end of 2013 to invest in new products, strategic ... 

  • Carmakers bank on small SUVs as next big thing

    Carmakers are banking on the fast-growing demand for small SUVs to earn new customers in the U.S. and help turn around their businesses in Europe's still-fragile market. U.S. 

  • Peugeot 308 wins car of the year

    The family car Peugeot 308 has been voted car of the year by European automotive editors. French automaker Peugeot's compact beat six other finalists — including a pair of ... 

  • Car makers pack premium features in small packages

    European carmakers are putting their longest ever market slump in the rear view mirror, shifting from survival to revival as they head into the Geneva Auto Show with dozens ... 

Find the best rates

Find your future job here