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State phone-hacking plans put on ice in Austria

The party leading Austria’s ruling coalition has effectively sunk an attempt by its junior partner to expand the surveillance of online communications services such as WhatsApp. More security news Security flaw shows 3G, 4G LTE networks are just as prone to stingray phone tracking How these fake Facebook and LinkedIn profiles tricked people into friending state-backed hackers This Android spyware can record calls, take screenshots and video, targets Gmail, LinkedIn, Snapchat data No More Ransom project helps thousands of ransomware victims The plan, drawn up by the conservative ÖVP party, would have given Austrian police powers to deploy spyware into people’s phones — not only for suspects in crimes involving potential prison sentences of five years or more, but also for those people who are in contact with the suspects.

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