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German student dies after violent assault

A 28-year-old German man died in an apartment in Vienna on Wednesday afternoon after being violently attacked - a 33-year-old suspect is now in police custody.

German student dies after violent assault
File photo: APA

According to police, a seriously injured student from Germany was found by emergency services in an apartment in Seitenberggasse in Vienna's 16th district. He had fatal head injuries, according to a report from the Austrian News Agency (APA).

Police responded when a neighbour called them about a heated argument which sounded like it was getting out of hand. When police arrived, they broke down the door of the flat.

Unfortunately, the man succumbed to his injuries on the scene.  A suspect was arrested shortly afterwards at the apartment, he was found sitting in another room.

According to police, he has already confessed to the murder, although the reason for the argument has not yet been given.


Photo: HERBERT P.OCZERET/APA

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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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