Italian police announced the prevention of cyber attacks by pro-Russian hackers at Eurovision

According to law enforcers, the Killnet hacker group and its branch Legion tried to carry out several cyber attacks on network infrastructure during the semi-final on May 10 (it was in this semi-final that the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra performed, the future winner), as well as the audience voting and performances of the participants in the final of the competition on May 14. The police said they had prevented all cyber attacks.

On May 11, Killnet also claimed to have attacked the websites of several Italian institutions, including the Senate, the upper house of the Italian Parliament, and the National Institute of Health (ISS).

On March 1, Killnet hackers published a video in which they announced that the Anonymous group’s website had been hacked. Five days earlier, on the day the hostilities began in Ukraine, Anonymous announced Russia “cyber war”.

Since the beginning of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, many Western governments have increased their alert levels in anticipation of possible cyber attacks on IT systems and infrastructure. In particular, the call to prepare for potential cyber threats was issued by the cybersecurity authorities of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

At the end of March, Russian hackers from the Coldriver group (aka Callisto) committed cyberattacks on the military structures of several Eastern European countries and NATO’s center of excellence, Google said.

The number of hacker attacks on Russian companies since February 24 also has grown three times, Kommersant reported, citing a study by Kaspersky Lab. According to experts, this is due to the conflict between Kyiv and Moscow. As noted in Group-IB, the acute political situation has led to discord among hacker groups. As a result, cybercriminals take one side or another, hacking systems not so much for profit, but for the sake of public outcry.

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