Italian police stop cyber attacks during Eurovision Song Contest

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Italian police stop cyber attacks during Eurovision Song Contest

MILAN Reuters - 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.

During voting operations and contestants' performances, police said that it had mitigated several cyber attacks on network infrastructure by the hacker group Killnet and its affiliate Legion On May 11, Killnet claimed an attack on the websites of several Italian institutions, including the Senate, Italy's upper house of parliament and the National Health Institute ISS ANSA news agency.

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

The 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 Zelenskiy.