Italian police thwart pro-Russian cyberattacks during Eurovision contest

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The Italian police thwarted hacker attacks by pro-Russian groups during the May 10 semi-final and Saturday final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, it said on Sunday.

During voting operations and contestants’ performances, police said it had mitigated several cyberattacks on network infrastructure by the hacker group “Killnet” and its affiliate “Legion.”

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On May 11, “Killnet” claimed an attack to the websites of several Italian institutions, including the Senate, Italy’s upper house of parliament, and the National Health Institute (ISS), ANSA news agency reported.

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

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with their entry “Stefania,” riding a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was welcomed by the country’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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