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Swedish woman stabbed to death in Oslo

A Swedish woman was found dead in her Oslo home together with a seriously injured man in the early hours of Tuesday, with Norwegian police arresting two men and on the hunt for more suspects.

The woman was stabbed to death with a knife. The man found alongside her in the apartment was taken to hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

The police remain on the lookout for more suspects, and said they already have some leads.

“There were several witnesses, and some say three people in hoodies ran in the opposite direction of the two people who were arrested,” Kristoffer Bang of the Oslo police told the Verdens Gang (VG) newspaper.

The paper reported that the woman had lived in her apartment for one year, but had in the last week been scared to be there after it was burgled.

Her landlord, Dag Håland, told the Norwegian paper that the woman “seemed to be a typical, friendly, decent young Swedish girl”.

The Oslo police will hold a press conference at 5pm, and have refused to give out any more details until then.

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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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