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Woman robbed during epileptic seizure

A Stockholm woman with epilepsy was robbed in the middle of a seizure on Monday night, shocking police who called the incident "shameless".

Woman robbed during epileptic seizure

The incident occurred around 8.30pm on Magnus Ladulåsgatan on Södermalm.

“She had barely made it out of the door when she collapsed,” Viktor Adolphson, field commander with the Södermalm police, told the Metro newspaper.

According to Adolphson, the woman was unconscious for about five minutes and when she awoke, she discovered her wallet was missing.

The brazen nature of the crime and the suspect’s apparent willingness to prey on someone in the middle of an epileptic seizure left the seasoned officer shocked.

“It’s upsetting. It’s so shameless. In this job, you get pretty hardened and all crime is bad, but there are different levels in hell and this is pretty far down,” Adolphson said.

Speaking with the Aftonbladet newspaper, he explained that the woman reported having a lot of cash in her wallet at the time.

“She had made a transaction just before,” he said.

“This is sort of a low watermark. I’ve seen a lot of crime in my days, but it never ceases to amaze me how low people can sink.”

The woman, who is in her forties, remembers nothing of the incident, nor were there any surveillance cameras in the area, leaving the police with little to go on in terms of a description of the potential suspect.

In writing about the incident on the Södermalm police’s official Twitter account, Adolphson didn’t hesitate to take one more jab at the heartless perpetrator.

“Woman had an epileptic seizure on the street. Then someone came and stole her wallet. Description: lacking in compassion and morals. Otherwise unknown,” the tweet read.

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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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