Judo champion accused of abusing girls

Peter Seisenbacher, Austria’s most successful judo fighter and winner of two Olympic gold medals, is under investigation on suspicion of sexually harassing and sexually abusing under-age girls.

Judo champion accused of abusing girls
Peter Seisenbacher. Photo: APA//HELMUT FOHRINGER

The incidents allegedly occurred during his time as a coach in the early 2000s.

Vienna’s public prosecutor's office has been investigating the accusations since Autumn 2013.

Seisenbacher, 54, allegedly abused at least four under-age girls. The victims approached the public prosecutor's office directly.

The women, who are now adults, say that Seisenbacher abused them when he was working as a judo club coach in Vienna. One of the women was still at primary school at the time, and so would have been younger than 14.

Seisenbacher, who won gold at the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984 and Seoul in 1988, has not commented on the allegations.

According to reports, the public prosecutor's office has almost finished its investigation, and is waiting for the final police report. If found guilty Seisenbacher could face up to ten years in prison.


Austria probes claim spyware targeted law firms and banks

Austria said Friday that it was investigating a report that an Austrian company developed spyware targeting law firms, banks and consultancies in at least three countries.

Austria probes claim spyware targeted law firms and banks

Microsoft’s security team earlier this week said it found that a malware called Subzero — developed by Vienna-based company DSIRF — was deployed in 2021 and 2022.

“Observed victims to date include law firms, banks and strategic consultancies in countries such as Austria, the United Kingdom and Panama,” it wrote in a blog entry on Wednesday.

Austria’s interior ministry said it had not received reports of any incidents.

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“Of course, (intelligence agency) DSN checks the allegations. So far, there is no proof of the use of spy software from the company mentioned,” it said in a statement.

Austria’s Kurier newspaper cited DSIRF as saying that Subzero had not been misused and “was developed exclusively for use by authorities in EU states” and was not commercially available.

DSIRF did not immediately return a request for comment from AFP.

Austria’s interior ministry said it knew of the company but “has not had any business relationships” with it.

Last year several media outlets reported that governments around the world, including in the EU, had used Pegasus spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group to spy on opponents.

Budapest and Warsaw responded that the use of Pegasus was for legitimate national security reasons.