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Defense in the Crosshairs
A hacker at Leonardo arrested . Worked for NATO and PM
D’Elia was consultant for the group. Removed 100,000 files. “Sensitive and military data saved” House arrest also for an employee
-by Claudio Antonelli
An “earthquake” in the world of cybersecurity. A raid by the Prosecutor’s (Office) in Naples has resulted in house arrest for an interim consultant and an employee of Leonardo directly employed at the CERT. (Cyber emergency readiness team), The division that is assigned to block hacker intrusions. The accusation by the Public Prosecutor is very serious. It is believed that for two consecutive years, he (penetrated) 33 computers used at the establishment of Pomigliano d’Arco, used by employees of Leonardo and approximately another 60 used from outside or other companies like Alcatel.
“It has emerged, in fact,
Inset: According to the prosecutor a trojan was used in the computers of Pomigliano d’Arco
……that the malicious software , in the statement released by Prosecutor Giovanni Melillo, for a year, the husband of English ambassador, Jill Morris, “acted like a true trojan of new engineering, inoculated through the insertion of a small USB key in the personal computers being spied on, in a way as to automatically forward each action of the operating system.”
In practice, it was possible for the hacker to intercept what was typed on the keyboard of the infected (computer) station and capture the frames, making a sort of screenshot.
The investigations finally have allowed the reconstruction of the “anti-forensic” activity of the attacker, who, connecting it to the command and control center of the website “fujinama”, after downloading the stolen data, remotely cancelled each trace on the compromised machines.
“The informatic attack, thus carried out, according to the reconstruction by the communications police is classified as extremely serious given the persistence and length of time, the statement continues. According to the charges, over 100,000 files are believed to have been taken from just 33 computers, equal to at least 10 gigabytes of data, chiefly from Leonardo.
The company, for its part, has released a statement pointing out that the activity relative to the site of Pomigliano is not of a military nature and that “ classified or strategic data is handled in segregated areas without connectivity, and therefore, not present in the establishment.” According to Verita, in the network of illegal fishing, there is no end of sensitive files for national security, so much that in these months of investigation, the Dis.* (Sistema di Informazione per la Sicurezza della Repubblica) would not have been alerted.
To understand, however, the exact contours of the matter will be difficult Giving the alert was the same giant (Leonardo) led by Alessandro Profumo, reporting (in January 2017) devious flows coming from computers in use at the establishment where they insist that Boeing, for over a year, was interested in a partnership with the Chinese of Comac. Verita is able to reveal that the representative of the company to conduct the investigation was reportedly Antonio Rossi, among the responsible persons at Cert. who, however, has ended up under house arrest charged with corrupting the tests.
Finally, to stir interest from a journalistic point of view, there is the name of another protagonist of the story, as of yesterday, under house arrest with the even heavier charge of illegal access, illegal intercepts, and illicit handling of data. This is Arturo D’Elia, certainly not a novice in the field of cybersecurity. Over the years, he is believed to have worked for several Italian prosecutors’ offices and for other sensitive companies. Like Alenia Aermachi and Alcatel. Now an injured party of the Naples case. In the curriculum of the expert, there are “spicier” jobs. From 2010-2015, he was a consultant for NCI, the government agency of NATO, concerned with cybersecurity, missile defense, and NATO information technology systems spread around the globe. Work that has brought him considerable expertise (or money?) given that he was reportedly tapped in the past with piercing the security of an Alliance site on Italian territory.
If that isn’t enough to comprehend the weight (importance) of D’Elia, it is helpful to take a further step back in his resume to the beginning of his activity.
He himself on Linkedin states that he has lent his consultant services to Afosi. The acronym will not say much to most (people). This is the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, with its base at Quantico. Translated: The counter espionage of American aviation. We don’t have knowledge if what is stated in Linkedin is true. For sure, if D’Elia decided to talk to investigators , he could say a lot about his cyber capacity.
It remains to be understood what caused the sudden acceleration of handcuffs (arrests) in a case initiated almost three years ago. And that it happened at a very delicate moment for the world of Defense and geopolitics in general. Change of presidents beyond the Ocean and Europe confronts a delicate transition destined to modify the (particulars) of numerous bi-lateral relations on four corners of the Continent.
[Some of this doesn’t make perfect sense. If anyone who speaks Italian wishes to add corrections to this, please post them in the comments. Thank you Gary for the work on this.]