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Murder-suicide in Vienna’s Hietzing district

The bodies of an elderly couple have been found in their apartment in Vienna's Hietzing district, in what police have said is a suspected case of murder-suicide.

Murder-suicide in Vienna's Hietzing district
The apartment block in Thomas-Morus-Gasse. Photo: ORF

Police spokesman Christoph Pölzl said that the bodies of a 77-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife were found early on Monday morning in an apartment in Thomas-Morus-Gasse, and a gun was discovered lying near to their bodies.

Neighbours had become worried about the couple and called police. Police gained access to the couple's apartment through a window, with the help of a fire brigade.

Pölzl said that the body of a dog, who had also been shot, was found in the couple's apartment.

“Due to the way we found the bodies we believe we are dealing with a case of murder-suicide,” Pölzl said. The 77-year-old man had a license for the gun, which police think was used in the shootings. A suicide note has not been found.

Last week the bodies of an elderly woman and her daughter were found in the Simmering district, in another suspected case of murder-suicide.

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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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