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Sex pest breaks into girls boarding school

Police in the city of Salzburg are searching for a teenage boy who broke into a girls boarding school in Itzling during Sunday night and molested two students.

Sex pest breaks into girls boarding school

Witnesses told police that the youth appeared to be around 15 or 16 years old. He was seen knocking on several doors in the school and when one 17-year-old girl opened her bedroom door he pushed his way in and tried to photograph her.

After a brief scuffle she managed to push him out of her room but he was then able to get into another 17-year-old girl’s room where he exposed himself to her.

She ran from her room but was pursued by the youth, who managed to rip off her t-shirt. After a struggle she was able to run into another room and lock the door. 

Police said the teenage boy was in the school between 3:50 and 5:20am and then managed to run away without being caught. 

The girls said he was between 160 and 165 cm tall and that he wore a bright blue and turquoise hooded sweater, dark blue jeans and a hooded winter jacket. They did not hear him speak, and said they had never seen him before. 

Police said that none of the girls were hurt and it is unclear how the intruder managed to get into the school.

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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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