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Body discovery triggers murder investigation

Police and fire department personnel broke down a door in Haymerlegasse 22 in Vienna's Ottakringer district on Sunday afternoon, to discover the body of a 35-year-old Turkish man.

Body discovery triggers murder investigation
Forensic investigation at the scene of the death. Photo: APA/HERBERT P.OCZERET

A friend of the tenant became worried when he was unable to reach the man for several days, and contacted authorities.

Police found the body on Sunday afternoon, after breaking down the door. Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer told the Austrian Press Agency that marks were found on the man's neck and so his death is being treated as suspicious. 

A formal identification is necessary before they can confirm the identity of the man.

Police believe the body most likely lay undiscovered for several days. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause of death.

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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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