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Jail time for jewellery store robbers who were stalled by civilians in Sweden

Two men have been handed prison sentences for their part in a jewellery store robbery in Södertälje south of Stockholm.

Jail time for jewellery store robbers who were stalled by civilians in Sweden
Södertälje. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Video evidence shows how three armed men broke the glass on displays, loaded the contents into their car then attempted to drive away.

The October heist occurred while many civilians were outside the store on the street. Several intervened to try and stop the robbery: one person tried to hold the car door closed, another threw a stone at the windshield, and a third hurled a kettlebell towards the car.

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After only a few metres the escape car was rammed off the road. The robbers tried to flee on foot but were arrested shortly after by the police.

A 31-year-old man was sentenced to six years in prison, a 21-year-old man to four years and nine months in prison, and a 17-year-old placed in a youth facility. A fourth suspect is still at large.

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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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