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Man hurls toilet bowl at special forces police

Austrian special police commandos were called out to a village in Carinthia after a violent dispute between a local craftsman and a farmer got out of control - only to have a toilet bowl thrown at them.

Man hurls toilet bowl at special forces police
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The 24-year-old craftsman – who had had far too much to drink – fell out with his neighbour, a 59-year-old farmer in Moosburg on Wednesday night.

He jumped over a fence and kicked and punched the farmer, threatening to kill him. The farmer’s sons came to his aid and managed to pull the drunken man off their father.

Several Cobra police officers arrived shortly afterwards to question the 24-year-old, who became very aggressive towards them and went inside his house with his pit bull.

When police tried to enter the house he began hurling objects at them from a first floor window – including a barbell and a toilet bowl. Two policemen were injured.

Two officers managed to scale a balcony and enter the house but were then attacked with a baseball bat. They managed to overpower the man and arrest him, also taking his dog into custody.

The man was left to sober up overnight in a prison cell in Ferlach police station and is expected to be questioned on Thursday.

The farmer was not seriously injured and was treated in the outpatient clinic of the local hospital.

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CRIME

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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