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Hacker who plotted to send heroin to Brian Krebs arrested in Italy

posted onJune 30, 2014
by l33tdawg

Until the Brian Krebs movie hits the theaters, we'll have to make do with the arrest of a Ukrainian man suspected of being behind a plot to frame the award-winning security journalist for dealing heroin.

Krebs' exploits scarcely need to be scripted; they're already Hollywood popcorn-crunching seat-of-your pants, as you can glean from New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth's February 2014 profile:

New OS X spyware on the loose: Italy's Hacking Team is at it again

posted onNovember 18, 2013
by l33tdawg

Mac security firm Intego has turned up a new version of the Remote Control System (RCS) Da Vinci rootkit, a pricey piece of dodgy spyware lawful intercept software sold to governments across the world by Italian security coders Hacking Team. 

If Hacking Team’s handiwork sounds benign, Intego has given it the new and rather alarming-sounding name, ‘OSX/Crisis.B. The backdoor was first detected as ‘Crisis’ (officially called ‘Da Vinci’ by its makers) in the summer of 2012 when it was spotted targeting Moroccan journalists sympathetic to the Arab Spring.

Four Anons cuffed in Italy

posted onMay 20, 2013
by l33tdawg

Four individuals accused of being members of Anonymous and participating in “Operation Tango Down” have been arrested in Italy.

According to AFP, the four are being accused of various attacks in Italy, including a DDoS against the Vatican and the parliamentary Website.

The Postal Police – responsible for enforcement of communications law – carried out 12 raids across Italy, according to this report in Gazetta del Sud.

ASUS Italy defaced - Accounts leaked

posted onSeptember 25, 2012
by l33tdawg

A hacker who goes by the handle of Maxney and is apart of Turkish Ajan Hacker Group has contacted us with information and data from an Italian based Asus website.

The site was hacked and left defaced, thousands of accounts have been leaked as well as its complete database. This is not the first time Maxney has targeted big corporations,m with Siemens and Dominos being hacked in recent weeks as well.

Another Italian province mandates more use of open source

posted onJuly 20, 2012
by l33tdawg

According to Joinup, the European Commission's open source portal, the Italian province of Trentino has approved a law that instructs public administrations to prepare migration plans to switch to open source software. Additionally, the region's council wants public administrations to use open standards wherever possible.

Wikileaks: Italian firm sold Syria secure radios as crackdown raged

posted onJuly 6, 2012
by l33tdawg

As the US and Europe leveled increasingly severe sanctions on Syria, Western tech companies were still working eagerly with the Assad regime and Syrian government-owned entities. This is according to e-mails obtained by Wikileaks, dating from 2006 up until March of 2012. The e-mails are now being published in waves by Wikileaks, both through its own website and through a collection of news organizations.

Italy threatens Apple with potential ban over warranty dispute

posted onJuly 3, 2012
by l33tdawg

Italy's Antitrust Authority is officially taking Apple to task over the company's alleged failure to offer two-year warranties on its products under Italian law. The authority confirmed on Tuesday that it had opened proceedings against Apple, which will potentially face fines of up to $378,000 or even be suspended from selling its products in Italy if the company doesn't meet the criteria for offering a two-year warranty to customers.

Italy Censors Proxy That Bypasses BTjunkie and Pirate Bay Block

posted onJuly 17, 2011
by l33tdawg

Italy is taking its crusade against BitTorrent sites to an unprecedented level. The authorities have moved against the general purpose proxy site because it could be used by Italians to access BTjunkie and The Pirate Bay. Following this logic they will also have to censor thousands of other proxy sites and ban all VPN services, or shut down the Internet entirely.

After an Italian court ordered all ISPs to block The Pirate Bay in 2008, this year the authorities shifted their focus to making BTjunkie unavailable too.