Intentia’s Internal Investigation Regarding Information Leaks Shows that the Reuters News Agency Broke into Intentia’s IT Systems
Stockholm, Sweden -Intentia International (publ.) announces the results of its internal investigation launched due to circumstances around the fact that Reuters published Intentia’s third quarter results for 2002 prior to the scheduled publication on October 24th. “The investigation has been detailed and has included all relevant staff and processes that handle confidential information, as well as technical security,” said Thomas Ahlerup, Head of Corporate and Investor relations of Intentia International AB.
The investigation has shown that there was an unauthorized entry via an IP-address belonging to Reuters. The entry took place at 12:51 pm on October 24th 2002, prior to the publication of the interim report for the third quarter of 2002. At approximately 12:57 pm, Reuters published the first news flash giving information on Intentia’s third quarter result, without prior confirmation from the Company. Intentia issued its earnings report ahead of schedule at 1:22 pm that same day. “The incident has severely damaged confidence in us as individuals and in Intentia as a company,” says Bj?Â¶rn Algkvist, CEO of Intentia International AB.
“We question the methods used by Reuters, and our judgement is that we cannot rule out the possibility of illegal actions. As a consequence we will file criminal charges regarding the incident,” says Bj?Â¶rn Algkvist.
On Thursday, Intentia contacted the Stockholm Stock Exchange regarding an internal investigation of the incident. “We will disclose to the Stockholm Stock Exchange all technical details on how the intrusion was made, which will allow them to share this information with other listed companies, so that actions preventing similar events in the future can be made,” concludes Bj?Â¶rn Algkvist.