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Police step up hunt for missing baby corpse

Police confirm that they have received a wealth of tips and information about the dead baby that went missing from a Stockholm church mortuary prior to burial this week.

Police step up hunt for missing baby corpse

“Many of the tips are interesting, which means that we have something to go on,” said detective superintendent Magnus Sallrot to news agency TT.

Police have launched an investigation and have confirmed that they will conduct a series of interviews in the coming days.

All those with access to the mortuary have been identified and the police have searched refuse bins in the vicinity, sequestering a container.

“Even if what has occurred is not in itself a serious criminal offence it is serious on an emotional level and we are therefore dedicating significant resources to it,” Sallrot said.

The missing body was discovered on Monday when the parents asked to see their deceased child, Ville, before laying him to rest.

Ville was born premature and lived for only a couple of hours at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna before being moved by the undertakers to Bromma church in the western suburbs of Stockholm on April 7th.

“We have interviewed the undertakers, and there is no doubt that the baby’s body lay in the coffin and that it was placed in the mortuary,” inspector Pontus Oscarsson at Stockholm police confirmed this week.

Four witnesses have confirmed that the body was in the coffin on arrival at the mortuary, three from the undertakers and one from Karolinska Hospital. Magnus Sallrot was on Friday unwilling to confirm how the coffin was sealed.

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CRIME

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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