Italy suffered this Wednesday a new cyberattack perpetrated by the pro-Russian hacker collective NoName057, which affected the websites of the Government, the lower house of Congress and various ministriesamong others.
According to the local press, the Italian Police provided assistance to the entities attacked by hackers and the computer systems would have resisted.
The NoName057 criminal group, founded in March 2022, claimed responsibility for the attacks in a message via Telegram and alluded to the recent training of 20 Ukrainian soldiers in Italy on the Samp-T anti-missile system and the comments that Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni made on Tuesday regarding the lack of conditions for a peace dialogue with Russia.
Last month, this same group of pro-Russian hackers claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on several websites of Italian companies and institutions in response to Meloni’s trip to Ukraine. Among the portals attacked are law enforcement, such as the Carabineros; ministries, such as those of Foreign Affairs and Defense; the Bper bank and the energy company A2a. It was a DDoS attack (distributed denial of service attack), whose purpose is to crash a website by overloading its traffic so that it cannot function normally. “Today we will continue our fascinating journey through Russophobic Italy,” the hacker group declared then in one of its messages.
And in previous days NoName057 had claimed similar cyber attacks on French government pages, after a meeting between President Emmanuel Macron and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodimir Zelensky.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni stated on February 21 in kyiv that the Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion of its territory reminds him of the “birth of the Italian state”since Italy was also denied its existence as a nation at the time as Russia is now denying Ukraine.
The prime minister insisted on claiming Ukraine’s right to defend itself against Russian aggression and said that any chance of peace depends on putting an end to the invasion by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In addition, she recalled that Italy has just approved its sixth military aid package for Ukraine, which includes anti-aircraft systems to protect critical infrastructure, such as the electricity grid, from Russian bombing.
(With information from EFE)
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