I didn’t say that they demanded the release of Julian Assange, it was part of the article from PrivSec I don’t mind attribution were it is my text but I certainly didn’t write that part.
The other article made reference to Assange as well but pointed to a part of an email the hacker sent that was a variation of a quote that is sometimes said to be attributed to Julian ie “The state of your cybersecurity is a parody”.
But I agree that he isn’t being held by the Bulgarian Govt, any individual or business. Nor would that Govt have much say in getting him released, though they can appeal to the other EU member States and the EU Courts to try and achieve some outcome.
They did catch who they believe was the hacker and another person whom they believe was also involved. Whether these are the only culprits I guess only time may tell. Those caught have been charged with Terrorism offences.
As for the penalty, the same way it works here if our Govt/Govts are fined in the secret FTA courts. The Govt pays it out of their General Revenue accounts and the taxpayer foots the bill. Just in this case this is an obligation of a State/Country in the EU to conform to the legislation. Yes the Taxpayers cop the bill in the end. If the taxpayers get mad enough they may vote the Govt out and if they have to continue to pick up the bill for faulty Govt IT security it may bring that reality home sooner for the Govt. I agree it would be nice to make the ones who failed to protect the information pay the cost but do we make our Pollies pay the bill when they stuff up not securing our data or allow a breach of a FTA? Or do we make the ATO pay us for the lost Billions they allow to go out the country by allowing Businesses and Individuals to send it to Tax havens? Sadly, no we don’t and we pick up the bill and pay the price for those failures.