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Police look for Vienna mugging women

Police are looking for two women who attacked and robbed another young woman at a Vienna metro station in July.

Police look for Vienna mugging women
Police are looking for these two women. Photo: BPD Wien

A 20-year-old woman was attacked in the U1 Aderklaaer Straße station in the Donaustadt on July 26th, around 4am.

Two young women throttled her, punched her, and took her handbag. She was left with slight injuries.

Police have released photos of the two women and are asking anyone who recognises them and has information on who they might be to come forward. Information will be treated confidentially. The phone number to call is 01/31310 ext 67210 or ext 67800.

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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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