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Grass mower runs over body on Donauinsel

A gruesome discovery has been made on Vienna’s Donauinsel island - the body of a 31-year-old woman, hidden in tall grass.

Grass mower runs over body on Donauinsel
The Donauinsel. Photo: Wikimedia

The body was found after it was run over by a tractor-drawn grass mower, which was being used near to the Steinspornbrücke bridge on Wednesday morning at 9am. 

Police are now investigating whether she was dead before being run over. “Circumstances suggest that she was already dead,” police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer said. An autopsy has been ordered.

Maierhofer said that the woman was fully dressed and had an ID card with her. The grass she was lying in was around one metre high – and is part of a large green space which connects the Lobau nature reserve with the Donauinsel and is used by cyclists and walkers.

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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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