Detention hearing for teen murder suspects

Prosecutors want a Stockholm-area court to have two 16-year-olds suspected in the weekend murder of a teenage girl in Stureby south of the city remanded in custody.

Public prosecutor Karolina Lindekrantz wants the Södertörns District Court to order the boy held on suspicion of murder and the girl held on suspicions of incitement with an alternative charge of complicity to commit murder.

“The suspicions against them have grown stronger following an interrogation with the 16-year-old boy last night,” Lindekrantz told the TT news agency.

If the court issues a remand order for the two teens, they will be moved from their holding cell in Västberga south of Stockholm to a detention centre in Flemingsberg.

“Assuming women can be held there, otherwise it will be Kronoberg [detention centre],” said Lindekrantz.

The prosecutor admitted that the two 16-year-olds are rather young to be detained.

“Normally you can let suspects this young be taken in custody according to LVU,” said Lindekrantz, refering to the abbreviation used for Sweden’s law on care of young people ( Lagen om vård av unga).

“But in this case that type of solution doesn’t offer sufficient restrictions.”

A group of police from Stockholm’s southern district continue to interview a number of young people who were present near the festival grounds where the badly injured body of the 16-year-old girl was found on Sunday morning.

Lindekrantz said the boy was cooperative during his interrogation but she wouldn’t say whether or not he had confessed.

When asked to confirm reports that the boy claims to be innocent, the suspected 16-year-old’s new attorney, Claes Borgström, refused to comment.

“It could be interpreted that way,” Borgström told TT.

The teenage victim was attending a party near where she was found by two friends shortly before 1am on Sunday morning.

Seriously wounded at the time, the girl was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.

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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.