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Mijailovic transferred to asylum

The man responsible for the brutal 2003 murder of Sweden's foreign minister Anna Lindh has been transferred to a psychiatric asylum following the deterioration of his mental health, Swedish public radio reported Saturday.

Mijailo Mijailovic, 26, who is serving a life sentence in a maximum security jail in Kumla, west of Stockholm, has been moved to a psychiatric unit in Sundsvall, exactly two years after the bloody attack.

“He is not well and a doctor decided he needed psychiatric help,” the asylum’s director Christer Karlsson told the radio station.

Sweden commemorated the second anniversary of Lindh’s death this weekend.

The country was sent into a state of shock in 2003 after the popular minister was stabbed repeatedly by Mijailovic as she shopped at a Stockholm department store on September 10.

The 46-year-old, mother of two, died of massive internal bleeding some 13 hours later on September 11.

A remembrance service at the Stockholm’s Katarina church cemetery will be held by Lindh’s Social Democratic Party on Sunday.

Mijailovic, who had a history of mental problems, admitted to Lindh’s stabbing and claimed during his three trials he heard “voices” telling him to attack her. However he insisted he did not mean to kill her and had no motive.

Mijailovic has renounced his Swedish citizenship and is now only a citizen of Serbia and Montenegro where he has asked to be transferred.

AFP

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Sweden launches major state initiative to fight cybercrime aimed at smart cars

Connected cars are increasingly exposed to security threats. Therefore, a major government initiative is now being launched via the research institute Rise.

Sweden launches major state initiative to fight cybercrime aimed at smart cars

More and more technical gadgets are now connected to the internet, and cars are no exception. However, the new reality raises questions about security, and from the Swedish side, an initiative is now being launched to combat cybercrime in the car industry through the government research institute Rise.

“We see a great need (for action), in regards to cyber-attacks in general and solving challenges related to the automotive industry’s drive to make cars more and more connected, and in the long run, perhaps even self-driving,” Rise chief Pia Sandvik stated.

Modern cars now have functions that allow car manufacturers to send out software updates exactly the same way as with mobile phones.

In addition to driving data, a connected car can also collect and pass on technical information about the vehicle.

Nightmare scenario

However, all this has raised questions about risks and the worst nightmare scenario in which someone could be able to take over and remotely operate a connected car.

Sandvik points out that, generally speaking, challenges are not only related to car safety but also to the fact that the vehicle can be a gateway for various actors to get additional information about car owners.

“If you want to gain access to information or cause damage, you can use different systems, and connected vehicles are one such system. Therefore, it is important to be able to test and see if you have robust and resilient systems in place,” she said.

Ethical hackers

Initially, about 15 employees at Rise will work on what is described as “Europe’s most advanced cyber security work” regarding the automotive industry.

Among the employees, there are also so-called “ethical hackers”, i.e., people who have been recruited specifically to test the systems.

“These are hackers who are really good at getting into systems, but not with the aim of inflicting damage, but to help and contribute to better solutions,” Sandvik noted.

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