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Italian police intercepted hacking attempts during Eurovision Final

The first semi final on 10th May was also targeted

Italian police prevented several hacking attempts by pro-Russian groups during last night’s Grand Final and Tuesday’s semi final, Reuters have reported.

Italian authorities confirm that during both the voting and performances, a specialised cybersecurity department blocked several attacks on network infrastructure, carried out by the “Killnet” hacker group and its affiliate “Legion”.

Information obtained from the pro-Russian group’s telegram channels were gathered. This seemingly revealed the geographic location of the perpetrators and is being used to prevent disruption to any future large scale events.

The hacking group in question were responsible for a serious of cyber attacks on several Italian institutions earlier this week. ANSA news agency report that both the Senate and National Health Institute had been affected.

Looking ahead to 2023

Ukraine won last night’s Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Stefania” performed by Kalush Orchestra. They received a record breaking 439 points from the televote which was enough to push them ahead of United Kingdom, who won the jury vote with 283 points.

Martin Osterdahl, Eurovision’s executive supervisor, congratulated Ukraine on their win and began to look ahead at next year’s event.

The Eurovision Song Contest is the only cultural event that truly unites Europe. This year it’s been more important than ever to bring millions together through our common values and love of music.

Now we will begin planning for 2023 with winning broadcaster UA:PBC

Martin Osterdahl

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