Sisters stabbed to death in broad daylight in Austria

Two sisters were brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight outside a supermarket in Styria yesterday by the estranged husband of one of the women.

Sisters stabbed to death in broad daylight in Austria
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The 33-year-old man attacked his 30-year-old wife and her 29-year-old sister with a folding knife as they stood near a shopping centre in Kapfenberg around 2pm yesterday.

The sisters both suffered multiple stab wounds and died from their injuries at the scene. The 30-year-old leaves behind three children and her sister leaves behind two, all of primary school age.

A bystander who rushed to rescue the women when he spotted them being attacked was also injured in the incident and taken to hospital.

The man fled the scene but was arrested by police at a nearby service station where he had thrown away the weapon. Police say he reportedly carried out the frenzied attack following a relationship breakdown with his wife, who was living separately from him.

Whether he was under the influence of drugs or suffering a psychotic attack have not been ruled out.

Eyewitness Eva Pichler told Kleine Zeitung newspaper: “There was a man in a red t-shirt, who completely flipped out and then ran off with bloody hands.”

One acquaintance of the attacker told ÖSTERREICH newspaper that the unemployed man, who had suddenly become a devout Muslim two years ago, had announced the morning of the attack that “you will all hear from me again today”.

The provincial criminal office have taken over the investigation from the police.


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.