Italy prevents pro-Russian hacker attacks during Eurovision Song Contest

Spectators watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final in Turin, Italy, May 14, 2022. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

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MILAN, May 15 (Reuters) – Italian police foiled hacker attacks by pro-Russian groups during the Saturday (May 10) semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, officials said on Sunday. authorities.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the competition with their entry “Stefania”, riding a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was hailed by the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Read more

During the vote and performance, the police’s cybersecurity department blocked several cyberattacks on network infrastructure by hacker group “Killnet” and its affiliate “Legion”, police said.

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The police also collected information from the pro-Russian group’s Telegram channels to prevent further critical events and identified the geographical location of the attacks.

On May 11, “Killnet” claimed responsibility for an attack on the websites of several Italian institutions, including the Senate, the upper house of the Italian parliament and the National Institute of Health (ISS), the ANSA news agency reported. . Read more

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, many Western governments have raised alert levels in anticipation of possible cyberattacks on IT systems and infrastructure.

Russia routinely denies conducting offensive cyber operations.

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Reporting by Gianluca Semeraro; edited by Raissa Kasolowsky, William Maclean

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