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Woman admits murder after body found in Dalarna

A 20-year-old woman has confessed killing a woman in her sixties in the Dalarna region in central Sweden.

Woman admits murder after body found in Dalarna
Police investigating at Långshyttan, Dalarna. Photo: Niklas Hagman/TT

Four out of eight people arrested by police were remanded in custody on Sunday in connection to the suspected murder of a woman found dead near a stream in Långshyttan in Hedemora municipality.

One of them, a 20-year-old woman, admitted killing the older victim according to court documents seen by regional newspaper Dalarnas Tidning (DT). Her lawyer declined to comment when approached by the daily.

A 22-year-old man told Mora District Court that he had helped plan the alleged murder. However, he said he had then had second thoughts and left the scene before “the crime was started or completed”, reported DT.

A third man, 44, who was also remanded in custody on suspicion of murder, denied the allegations.

A 24-year-old man is understood to have confessed to being linked in part to the woman's death.

“He has admitted that he was involved, but I don't want to go into detail on what he admits. There will be an extensive investigation with many interrogations, and it will become a bit more clear what his role was,” his lawyer Carl-Oscar Morgården told the paper.

A total of eight people form part of the investigation, suspected of various degrees of involvement, including harbouring a criminal, accessory to murder and murder. Police initially arrested seven, but an eighth person handed himself over to officers on Sunday.

The woman was reported missing on June 28th by relatives in Borlänge and, after an initial investigation, police became convinced the woman had been murdered. They would not expand on why, but do not believe the victim was killed where she was found.

“There were many people involved, and it has been a long time, we think, since the crime was committed, so we have many places to explore,” said a police spokesman on Sunday.

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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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