Russian hackers target Italian banks

Italy’s cyber security agency said it had detected hacker attacks against websites of at least five banks.

The attempted hacks temporarily made it impossible to access some of their services, it added.

A spokesperson for the agency said that targeted banks included Intesa Sanpaolo Monte dei Paschi di Siena, BPER Banca, FinecoBank , and Banca Popolare di Sondrio.

The agency “identified the reactivation of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack campaigns by pro-Russian … groups against national institutional subjects,” a statement said.

In DDoS attacks, hackers attempt to flood a network with unusually high volumes of data traffic in order to paralyse it.

The agency said it provided swift assistance to the firms targeted by attacks from activists in the Noname057(16) group in order to mitigate any impact

The attacks come in the same week that US federal judicial officials warned that pending spending legislation in Congress would force the judiciary to cut back on cybersecurity improvements.

Members of the Judicial Conference, the federal judiciary’s policymaking body, in letters made public on Tuesday, said pending spending legislation for the 2024 fiscal year would have “detrimental impacts” on court services if enacted by Congress.