Man held for hammer attack on pastor

A 24-year-old man has been remanded in custody on suspicion of attempted murder and unlawful threats after attacking a female priest with a hammer and reportedly shouting "I am going to kill you".

The attack happened on Tuesday afternoon at a parking lot adjacent to a church in the Södermalm district of Stockholm.

The 24-year-old had come by the church on Monday to speak to the priest. He asked her if she had previously worked in Tumba, a southern Stockholm suburb, a source told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The priest replied that she had not worked in Tumba. However, on Tuesday, the man returned and asked to see her again.

The priest thought the man seemed unpleasant and was afraid he would be waiting for her outside the church. She therefore asked a colleague to accompany her to her car after finishing work.

The priest and her colleague could not see the man and so she walked up to the car alone.

When she was about to unlock the car door, the 24-year-old appeared from behind and hit her in the head several times with a hammer

“I am going to kill you!” he is reported to have shouted.

The priest’s colleague and several passers-by managed to overpower the attacker and contained him until police arrived to arrest him.

According to Aftonbladet, the 24-year-old allegedly had been looking up people from his childhood in Tumba and by chance found the female priest. However, she says she has not encountered him before.

The priest spent Tuesday night in hospital.

“She is of course affected by the events and does not feel well. Hopefully she has not suffered any permanent physical injuries,” the priest’s legal counsel told the paper.

On Friday, the 24-year-old was ordered remanded in custody. His trial is expected to commence on November 1st and the district court has determined that he should undergo a psychiatric examination.

He is previously known by the police but has never been charged for any serious crime.

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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.