66th Song Contest: Cyber ​​attack by Russian hackers averted

Italian police averted a cyber attack on the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, which ended in Turin on Saturday night with the victory of the Ukrainian folk rap group Kalush Orchestra. Hackers tried to disrupt the final with cyber attacks, the police said in a press release on Sunday.

The cyber attack by the Russian hacker group “Killnet” was averted. However, who is behind this has not yet been finally clarified. “Killnet” had already announced a cyber attack on the Eurovision Song Contest on Telegram channels. Safety precautions were taken together with the public TV station RAI, which broadcast the song contest. More than 100 police specialists were deployed to defend against the attack.

Attacks on IT systems of the Italian Senate

“Killnet” had already claimed responsibility for a hacker attack on the IT systems of the Italian Senate and the Ministry of Defense in Rome on Wednesday. Also attacked were the Institute for Advanced Studies of the City of Lucca, which deals with digital technologies, the Supreme Health Institute, the Kompass portal, a database that collects company information, and the Italian Automobile Club (ACI). According to the current state of knowledge, these were so-called DDoS attacks (“Distributed Denial of Service”). Attackers try to paralyze servers with a flood of requests.

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