Pro-Russian hacktivists target Italy government websites

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Pro-Russian hacker group Killnet targeted the websites of several Italian institutions, including the senate and the National Institute of Health.

A group of Pro-Russian hackers known as “Killnet” launched an attack against multiple websites of several Italian institutions, including the senate, the National Institute of Health, and the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI), the national drivers’ association. The wave of attacks hit Italy, while the Prime Minister Mario Draghi is on an official visit to Washington. The website of the defence ministry was also unreachable, but the officials said that the unavailability was “due to long-planned maintenance activities ongoing on the website”. The Killnet group announced its support to Russia and launched attacks against western taretes, including Romanian govt sistes and the Bradley Airport in the US.

The impact was limited, the websites were unreachable for a short period of time. Italian authorities confirmed that the attacks has not caused data breach or other damages.

The Italian police is investigating the attack, while the National Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) confirmed that the websites were hit with DDoS attacks. The Pro-Russian hacktivists launched a Slow POST DDoS attack, the CSIRT warns that this kind of attack is unusual and for this reason it could be undetected.

Killnet published a message on its Telegram channel, threatening further attacks may:

“Dear media of Italy and Spain. killnet does not actually attack your countries like it did in Romania. If this were to happen, then April 29, 1945, the day of your surrender, would be

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