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Austrian commits robbery so he can ‘start over’ in prison

An Austrian who robbed a fast food restaurant in Vienna told police he did it because he wanted to be jailed so he could have fresh start.

Austrian commits robbery so he can 'start over' in prison
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The 33-year-old suspect handed himself into police just a few minutes after carrying out the robbery on the restaurant in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt district on Friday morning.

He had held up the restaurant with a blank-firing gun and threatened an employee into handing over €85 in cash from the till.

Once he got hold of the cash, however, he went to the nearest police station and handed himself in.

After the 33-year-old was arrested he told officers that he was suffering financial problems and wanted a new start in life.

“He was very unhappy with his life situation,” police spokesman Christoph Pölzl told the ORF. “He said during the interrogation that he wanted to be locked up so he could have a fresh start.”

The suspect is currently being detained in jail.

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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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