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Armed robber evades police capture in Vienna

An armed thief who robbed a jewellers in Vienna managed to slip away and evade capture despite police surrounding a hotel he escaped into.

Armed robber evades police capture in Vienna
LPD Wien

The robbery took place on Monday afternoon at a jewellers in Kärntner Straße where the suspect pulled out a weapon and threatened two male employees.

He then fled with an unknown amount, taking a taxi to the Best Western Hotel near Landstraße.

“According to the first findings of the investigation the culprit jumped in a taxi that brought him directly in front of the hotel. Therefore one assumes he is hiding in the hotel,” said police spokesman Christoph Pölzl to APA.

The hotel was surrounded by police and then evacuated so a thorough search could be carried out inside by special forces.

The police were unable to find the suspect, however, including after searching the area surrounding the hotel.

The jewellery store employees told police that the male suspect was around 40 years old and 1.85 metres tall. At the time of the robbery he wore a dark blue jacket and light grey shoes.

Anyone with information are asked to call the Office for Crime in Vienna on 0131310–33800.

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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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