How to deal with hacker attacks on Italy by Umberto Rapetto

Ending up "out of service" in 2022 is an indication of an unforgivable backwardness and does not admit any justification. The opinion of Umberto Rapetto, director of

Before anyone comes to tell you that we have resisted the digital tsunami, it is good to know that it was our enemies who said "enough!". The virtual conflict that saw us easy prey is over (at least for the moment) because the pirate vessels have directed their bow towards Poland. The announcement is made by the headquarters of the attackers. Headquarters? Yes, what someone had perhaps thought of attacking to "break the kidneys" to opponents like the Ansa foreshadowed in its agency launch. The objective of our possible offensive actions is not an imposing building like the Pentagon, a well-defined military or institutional settlement and perhaps reported on any cartography, something that symbolically gives the feeling of having scored and knows how to instill the due fear of the opposite side. THE UNAVAILABILITY OF THOSE WHO THREATEN US It is sad to point out to those who give orders and to the self-styled experts who assist them in decision-making processes that we are not faced with barracks, launch pads, tanks, cannons, ships at anchor or more or less invisible fighter-bombers. Our enemy did not make the Academy and did not take the fateful 105/110 that the National Cybersecurity Agency identifies as an indispensable requirement for the recruitment of experts. To bring us to our knees are a small crew of scalmanati whose location is a smoky suburban cellar, a decadent attic or the simple bedroom with posters attached with drawing pins. Those who are at the helm of our ship in disarray probably do not know this type of war, played (and I emphasize "played") by those who – without exposing themselves to the risks of trenches or hand-to-hand combat – with a handful of clicks are able to strike at the heart of an entire nation. THE "ANONYMOUS DE NOANTRI" In this grotesque atmosphere, the epic narrative of the resounding defeat speaks instead of rejected assailants and even of the descent into the field of a tenacious handful of hackers labeled as the tricolor fringe of the Anonymous collective that would have sunk the opposing fleet. In February 2022 – at the observation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – someone (I do not want to know who) even creates the bizarre Twitter profile @AnonNewsItalia which expresses itself in an unusual way compared to the slang that the "traditional" activists had accustomed us to. No wording with warez characters (the nice way to replace the alphabetic characters with graphically similar numerical symbols, such as the 3 instead of the E or the 5 instead of the S ...), but the use of Greek-like characters that move those who still remember their desk in IV gymnasium. What's going on? No expression that would make the hair stand up even to those who know the blasphemies of a blacksmith who has just violently hammered a finger, but captions worthy of appearing on the favors for First Communion ... A tweet by the self-styled members of Anonymous Italia begins with a rather childish "Hello everyone, we are back online" and continues with a disheartening "from what we understood we were hacked by killnet". From what we understand?!?!? No, come on, there is a limit to everything.... I've been dueling with hackers of all sorts for too long and I can't believe that anonymous's, the real ones, have been chasing each other up to this point. Rubbing your eyes to make sure you are not the victim of a disturbed dream after eating heavy the night before, you are forced to read a fantozziano "we apologize for any misunderstandings and shameful posts" and – not enough – a pathetic "we assure that this will not happen again"... . I leave to the reader the arduous mission of drawing conclusions and looking into the right perspective what is accessing and above all what is being told by the poorly informed media. THE HORIZON The cyber threat looms and the disproportion between the forces in the field is all too obvious. It would be appropriate to roll up our sleeves and instead we prefer to continue to go around for international conferences and meetings such as the one in Paris a few days ago or participate in reassuring events in the banking world in spite of what hackers have combined with the ABI (and not only) and the fragility of many technological solutions in the credit sector. If we have survived the mild interference that has however annoyed the smooth operation of services via the Internet, remember that DDOS attacks should not have scratched the systems in the slightest because it is a danger known (and countered) for thirty years. Ending up "out of service" in 2022 is an indication of an unforgivable backwardness and does not admit any justification. To frighten are many other threats, from common "ransomware" (which make inaccessible computer documents and electronic archives) to semantic attacks (those that change the meaning of what is stored leaving the appearance that everything is regular, unaltered, intact ...). The unforgettable and unforgettable Ferrante Pierantoni spoke of this last pitfall as early as 1993 and insisted on directing efforts to avert such a catastrophe. The current "gurus" I imagine have not yet perceived its gravity or even are not aware of the high probability of occurrence of a misfortune of that kind. Maybe they started dealing with these things a few years later. Perhaps in the "slides" they saw on the big screen or in the "tutorials" on which the topic was formed was not there. Hackers will come back to life. And it will not be "a walk of health". There is not only the Ukrainian war tragedy, but an economic and political war that will never end and has found in the Internet the elixir of long life. Let's do something, but this time really.