Police search for suspected hit-and-run kidnapper in Sweden

Police in Uppsala, Sweden are searching for a man suspected of hitting a young boy with a vehicle then driving him away in the car against his will.

Police search for suspected hit-and-run kidnapper in Sweden
File photo of a Swedish police car. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The boy, aged around 10, was cycling in a parking lot together with his friends on Wednesday when the incident occurred. When the collision happened “the boy flew (through the air) and the bike was destroyed,” Daniel Wikdahl from Uppsala police explained to news agency TT.

Soon after the driver stopped the car, reversed, then forced the boy to get in the vehicle before driving away, according to witnesses.

Police searched for the boy in hospitals near the area. An hour later he eventually appeared, having been released by the driver.

The identity of the person who carried out the hit-and-run is currently unknown, as is the reason for him acting the way he did. Police are hoping for information from the public to help their cause.

“Only the driver knows why he acted the way he did. It indicates a tremendous amount of recklessness,” Wikdahl noted.

The police investigation into the incident covers carelessness in traffic, leaving the scene of a crime, negligence leading to injury, deprivation of liberty and illegal use of force.

The boy has been taken to hospital and is conscious.

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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.