Killnet hackers target Italian sites

Russian hackers target Italian sites

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Russian hackers Killnet have been targeting various Italian institutional portals since around ten o’clock Thursday night, Italy’s postal police. The postal police is working to protect the sites from the assault.

The Italian postal police announced on Friday that Russian hackers have been targeting institutional sites in Italy. The Russian collective Killnet has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Among the websites Killnet has targeted are those of the judiciary’s self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM), the Customs Agency, and the ministries of foreign affairs, education, and cultural heritage.

Killnet listed targets on Telegram

Killnet launched its Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack after indicating on its Telegram channels a long list of targets. There were some 50 in all, including ministries, companies, watchdogs, media and judicial bodies, sources said.

“Fire on everything,” the hackers wrote. They had previously issued instructions on “how to liquidate the Italian information system”, urging a 48-hour attack that would only spare the national health service.

On Friday shortly before 1pm Italian time, Italy’s embassy in London tweeted the websites of the country’s foreign ministry and all its embassies had been hit and were out of action.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and consular applications at this location have been affected by a cyber attack. We apologise to users for inconveniences and delays in the processing of paperwork.”

Only last week, Killnet launched a separate cyberattack on the official Italian websites. The issue was resolved within hours then.

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