The Pirate Bay site offline as police raid Swedish HQ

Servers, computers and other equipment has reportedly been seized

Torrent site The Pirate Bay has been raided by Swedish police, with servers, computers and other equipment reportedly seized.

The site has also been offline for a numbers of hours following the action.

As Torrent Freak reports, the raid happened at a location in Stockholm as part of an effort to protect intellectual property.

In a statement, Paul Pintér, police national coordinator for IP enforcement said, “There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law”.

Fredrik Ingblad, a file-sharing case prosecutor, is also quoted as saying, “There were a number of police officers and digital forensics experts there. This took place during the morning and continued until this afternoon. Several servers and computers were seized, but I cannot say exactly how many”.

An update on Torrent Freak also now suggests that the raid took place at a data centre in Nacka which is built into a mountain.

Last month, meanwhile, Pirate Bay co-founder Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, better known by his hacker name of TiAMO was arrested in Thailand. Neij had been in hiding since being convicted of copyright infringement in 2009.

The Pirate Bay itself was first raided by police eight years ago.