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Accident faker robs good Samaritan

A 41-year-old German woman stopped at the scene of an apparent accident on an isolated road in the Salzburger Anif, only to be robbed by the 'victim' at knifepoint.

Accident faker robs good Samaritan
Sony Strasse, scene of the robbery. Photo: Google Maps

The woman was driving her car along the Sony Strasse in Lower Alm on Wednesday at around 5:30 p.m., when she saw a motorcycle lying on the street, alongside a recumbent man.

She stopped her car, and went to assist the man.  He then made an amazing recovery, and threatened her with a white box-cutter.

The man stole all her money, and made off on the Honda motorcycle, which had a Salzburg number plate.

The woman described the perpetrator as about 1.8 metres tall, slender and with brown shoulder-length hair. He was wearing glasses and a helmet.

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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.

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