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Father pushes burning cigarette into son’s eye

A 66-year-old man in Upper Austria went berserk during a family argument and attacked his 27-year-old son in the eye with a burning cigarette.

Father pushes burning cigarette into son's eye
Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

The shocking attack happened after the man fought with his wife and physically attacked her, pulling her hair and hitting her repeatedly on the head with the handle of a knife.

The 59-year-old woman sought help from her son and asked him to talk to his father. But this only made things worse, and the father attacked his son, pressing a lit cigarette into his eye – and then running off.

The younger man received first aid and was then treated in hospital. According to a report in the Kronen Zeitung police were able to track down the father and he has since been admitted to a psychiatric institute.

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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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