Last Updated on May 24, 2015

The Italian Anonymous did it again and today have attacked for the second time in few days the vatican.va website. Actually this time their attack has apparently been deeper since the infamous collective also posted a small portion of a database claimed to have been leaked from radiovaticana.org, the website of the official Vatican Radio.

The inevitable statement on pastebin (so far only in Italian) quotes Imperva, the Israeli Company Focused on Application Security which claimed, few days ago, to have prevented, in August, a summer attack against the Vatican, using the collected information to profile a typical Anonymous DDoS attack.

Of course the pastebin suggests that this attack has been a kind of retaliation against the information disclosed by Israeli Security Company in their detailed report, nevertheless this has been only the last DDoS attack in Italy in this troubled weekend that has seen several websites falling under the LOIC shots: Saturday the Italian Railways have been hit (three domains), and yesterday Equitalia, the company owning the concession, on behalf of the Government, to collect taxes.

This (un)expected revamp of DDoS activity in Italy comes approximately nearly a couple of months after the LOIC attacks unchained by the MegaUpload shutdown, and nearly nine months after the waves of attacks which made the Italian Summer a very hot season for Information Security.

Besides, so far the preferred targets of The Anonymous in Italy have been Government and Politician Websites, targeting the Vatican Site, looks like this time the Anonymous crossed the line.

As a matter of fact I have decided to write down in a table all the hacktivism-led attacks carried on Italy from the 2011 onwards. I have collected the information on the attacks during the gathering of the necessary material to prepare my timelines for 2011 and 2012. In reading the list, please consider that several DDoS attacks were only claimed by the attackers, so it is really difficult discriminate if they were succesful or not, nevertheless I thought it appropriate to insert them all to provide a global view.

So far, you will notice that the Hackvism in Italy has passed three main phases: the summer phase, maybe interrupted by the wave of arrests in July; the winter phase, as quoted above, immediately after the Megaupload shutdown on the wake of the anti-SOPA/PIPA/ACTA movements; and the current phase (may we define it a spring phase?) triggered by the delicate internal sociopolitical situation….

March 2011

04/03/2011finmeccanica.itDDOSMilitary Industry
04/03/2011eni.itDDOSEnergy
04/03/2011unicredit.itDDOSFinance

June 2011

21/06/2011ilpopolodellalibertà.itDDoSPolitical Parties
21/06/2011governoberlusconi.itDDoSPolitical Parties
21/06/2011pdl.itDDoSPolitical Parties
21/06/2011governoberlusconi.itDDoSPolitical Parties
21/06/2011silvioberlusconifansclub.orgDDoSPolitical Parties
21/06/2011forzasilvio.itDDoSPolitical Parties
22/06/2011governo.itDDoSGovernment
22/06/2011camera.itDDoSGovernment
22/06/2011senato.itDDoSGovernment
22/06/2011interno.itDDoSGovernment
22/06/2011regione.campania.itDDoSGovernment
22/06/2011pdl.itDDoSPolitical Parties
22/06/2011renatobrunetta.itDDoSPolitical Parties
22/06/2011innovazionepa.gov.itDDoSGovernment
23/06/2011governo.itDDoSGovernment
23/06/2011agcom.itDDoSGovernment
23/06/2011leganord.orgDDoSPolitical Parties
24/06/2011governo.itDDoSGovernment
24/06/2011giustizia.itDDoSGovernment
28/06/2011agcom.itDDOSGovernment
29/06/2011camera.itDDoSGovernment
29/06/2011pdl.itDDoSGovernment
29/06/2011mediaset.itDDoSEntertainment
30/06/2011telecomitalia.itDDoSISP
30/06/2011poste.itDDoSMail
30/06/2011borsaitaliana.itDDoSFinance

July 2011

01/07/2011leganord.orgDDoSPolitical Parties
01/07/2011agcom.itDDoSGovernment
02/07/2011innovazionepa.gov.itDDoSGovernment
02/07/2011governo.itDDoSGovernment
03/07/2011agcom.itDDoSGovernment
04/07/2011agcom.itDDoSGovernment
06/07/201119 Universities:                  unisi.it
unisa.it
uniroma1.it
anotonianum.eu
econoca.it
uniba.it
unibocconi.it
unifg.it
unime.it
unimib.it
uniurb.it
unibo.it
unipv.it
unina2.it
unile.it
polimi.it
unito.it
unimo.it
SQLi?Education
31/07/2011vitrociset.itDefacementContractor

August 2011

03/08/2011vitrociset.itDefacementContractor
06/08/2011sappe.itDefacementLaw Enforcement Agencies

September 2011

02/09/2011Undisclosed Bank?Finance

November 2011

29/11/2011fiocchigfl.itDefacementMilitary Industry

December 2011

06/12/2011torino-lione.itDefacementTransportation
06/12/2011ghiglia.itDefacementPolitical Parties
19/12/2011fabriziocorona.itDefacementEntertainment
19/12/2011costantinovitaliano.itDefacementEntertainment

January 2012

10/01/2012leganord.orgDefacementPolitical Parties
13/01/2012italia.gov.itDDoSPolitical Parties
22/01/2012siae.itDDoSEntertainment
22/01/2012universalmusic.itDDoSEntertainment
22/01/2012copyright.itDDoSEntertainment
22/01/2012giannifava.orgDDoSPolitical Parties
22/01/2012leganord.orgDDoSPolitical Parties
24/01/2012giustizia.itDDoSGovernment
26/01/2012italia.gov.itDDoSGovernment

February 2012

11/02/2012circondarialetorino.itDefacementLaw Enforcement Agencies
17/02/2012rivagroup.comDDoSMilitary Industry
17/02/2012enel.itDDoSEnergy
18/02/2012mauriziopaniz.itDefacementPolitical Parties
22/02/2012binetti.itDefacementPolitical Parties
27/02/2012polizia.itDDoSLaw Enforcement Agencies
27/02/2012carabinieri.itDDoSLaw Enforcement Agencies

March 2012

07/03/2012vatican.vaDDoSReligion
10/03/2012trenitalia.itDDoSTransportation
10/03/2012RFI.itDDoSTransportation
10/03/2012viaggaintreno.itDDoSTransportation
11/03/2012equitalia.itDDoSServices
12/03/2012vatican.vaDDoSReligion
12/03/2012radiovaticana.orgDefacementReligion

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. drego85

    Figurati Paolo, è sempre un piacere aiutare un progretto a crescere. Quanto prima seguirò le orme di Gianni pubblicando anche io un articolo sul mio blog.

  2. Paolo Passeri

    Ciao Andrea, grazie per le info e i riferimenti!

    L’evento al Cnaipic non l’ho inserito volutamente perché, come da te correttamente sottolineato, ci sono troppe ombre e dubbi, rinforzati dall’improvvisa rivendicazione ed altrettanto rapida smentita da parte degli Anons Italiani.
    Grazie anche per la info del 6 febbraio e per il riferimento. Sto cercando di rendere la base consistente, gli eventi sono tanti (soprattutto in questi giorni) e le segnalazioni sono preziosissime.

    A presto.

    Paolo.

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