September 29, 2023

A professional-Russian hacking group has claimed duty for cyberattacks on Italian banks, companies, and authorities companies which flooded networks and disrupted companies.

Italy’s cybersecurity company stated on Tuesday it had detected distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) assaults in opposition to the web sites of at the very least 5 banks, together with Intesa Sanpaolo — the biggest financial institution in Italy. In a DDoS assault, web sites are flooded with junk site visitors with the purpose of constructing them inoperable.

The group, NoName057(16), first launched cyberattacks on Italy on Monday and continued to focus on the nation’s companies in the present day.

Along with banks, NoName057(16) claimed to have hacked the web sites of an Italian water provide firm, a nationwide enterprise newspaper, and a public transport web site. On the time of writing, these web sites are nonetheless down.

The assaults are one other instance of geopolitically-motivated hacks carried out by pro-Russian teams.

In a Telegram put up main as much as the assaults, the group referred to as Italian authorities officers “Russophobes” and criticized them for supporting Ukraine.

“As soon as once more we remind the Russophobic Italian authorities that such actions is not going to go unnoticed,” the hackers stated.

NoName057(16) is understood for its assaults on Ukraine and its allies. In March, it focused Poland’s tax service web site, and in January hit the web sites of candidates within the Czech presidential election.

The group largely operates by means of Telegram, taking duty for assaults and threatening others in messages to followers.

​In line with researchers at cybersecurity agency SentinelOne, NoName057(16)’s DDoS incidents trigger “short-lived disruption with little to no wider consequence.”

For its operations, the group largely makes use of a DDoS assault toolkit referred to as DDoSia.

It has deployed the device in opposition to authorities companies, media, and personal corporations in Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, and different European international locations.

“This probably stems from the truth that these international locations are essentially the most vocal in public declarations in opposition to Russia and pro-Ukraine, in addition to offering army assist and capabilities,” stated the researchers at cybersecurity firm Sekoia in a report revealed in June.

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Daryna Antoniuk

Daryna Antoniuk
is a contract reporter for Recorded Future Information based mostly in Ukraine. She writes about cybersecurity startups, cyberattacks in Japanese Europe and the state of the cyberwar between Ukraine and Russia. She beforehand was a tech reporter for Forbes Ukraine. Her work has additionally been revealed at Sifted, The Kyiv Impartial and The Kyiv Put up.