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Facebook stalker sentenced to two months

A 15-year-old girl who stalked a boy the same age via Facebook has been sentenced to two months in prison and psychotherapy treatment.

Facebook stalker sentenced to two months
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The girl had contacted the boy, who she had never met before, on the social networking site and when he ignored her he claims she began to harass him.

"She called me continuously since mid-December," the teenager told the judge at Vienna’s criminal court. He had made the mistake of listing his phone number on his Facebook profile.

When he blocked her number, the girl changed her mobile phone and continued to call him. He said that he would get between ten and 15 text messages a day from her. 

Initially the boy received a message on Facebook from an unfamiliar girl, telling him she thought he was “sweet” and did he want to meet up. "She said she wanted a relationship with me," the teenager said. When he didn’t answer her message, she added his Facebook profile to gay online forums and suggested that he was willing to engage in sexual contact. He then got around 50 inquiries from interested men.

Initially the girl did not appear in court, and presented a medical certificate to excuse her absence, but she was forced to attend a second hearing.

 

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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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