Italian police thwart Eurovision cyberattack by pro-Russian hacker groups

Italian police thwarted hacker attacks by pro-Russian hacker groups Killnet and Legion during the 10 May semi-final and 14 May final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Turin, Italy. Russia was excluded from the competition due to what it calls its special military operation in Ukraine, while Ukraine went on to win the contest.

Killnet denied the attack on ESC, but then declared cyberwar on 10 countries in the same Telegram post. In a separate video, the group stated that these 10 countries are ‘the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, and Ukraine.’