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Suspected Russian Ransomware Group Hacks Italian Energy Agency

  • BlackCat gang says it stole 700 gigabytes in data from network
  • Italy Premier Draghi, officials met Thursday to discuss hacks

A hacker group with links to Russia has claimed responsibility for a recent ransomware attack targeting Italy’s energy industry, amid an escalation the Rome-based government says could be related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In a post published on the so-called dark web, the BlackCat group said it stole 700 gigabytes of data from networks controlled by Italy’s GSE energy agency, and threatened to publish the information online if its demands were ignored. The post was accompanied by several images of what appeared to be internal documents. The size of BlackCat’s extortion demand wasn’t immediately clear.