Man in coma since Donau Insel festival

Police in Vienna are seeking witnesses after a 38-year-old man was beaten so badly he had to be put into a medically-induced coma after the Danube Island festival.

Man in coma since Donau Insel festival
Police arrest. File photo: APA

The victim was on his way home from the festival on Sunday June 29th when he became involved in a street fight with around 15 other people at 03:40 am, near to the Thaliastraße U-Bahn station.

He was so badly injured that he had to be put into an artificial coma and has not been able to speak to police.

Police are keen to speak to two young women who witnesses say gave the victim first aid next to the number 46 tram line stop.

Police are also looking for a man, believed to be Polish and called Krystian, who was also injured in the fight and treated in the AKH general hospital before being discharged on the evening of June 29th.

Investigators believe these three people may have important information. Police are asking for any other witnesses or anyone who may have seen or even filmed the fight, to come forward.

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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.