Russia linked to cyberattack on Eurovision Song Contest

Turin, Italy - Italian police on Sunday said they foiled a cyberattack targeting the final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) that was held in Turin.

Police reported Russian hackers tried to break into the systems at this year's Eurovision.
Police reported Russian hackers tried to break into the systems at this year's Eurovision.  © REUTERS

Hackers tried to break into the systems on the opening night on Tuesday and during the final that ran from Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday, the police said. Many Twitter users reported bad connections.

The attacks were traced back to Russian hacker group Killnet by cybercrime specialists assigned to the ESC, after rumors that Russian groups might try to disrupt the event.

While the ESC is a cultural event, it is also politically charged, and Russia was excluded this year due to Moscow's war on Ukraine.

The police also registered Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks during voting, when a group tries to paralyze a system with a barrage of requests.

Ukraine was the clear winner of this year's event with Kalush Orchestra's performance of Stefania.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, bombs were found pummeling the country hours later, reportedly inscribed with quotes from Kalush Orchestra after their win.

Writing in Russian on the weapons suspected to be bombs read: "Kalusha, as requested! To Azovstal" and in English "Help Mariupol - Help Azovstal right now" dated May 14.

Ukraine names train after Eurovision song win

Elsewhere, armed forces named a train after the winning song.

"Train 43 from Kyiv to Ivano-Frankivsk will officially become the Stefania Express this year," railway chief Olexander Kamyshin said on Telegram on Sunday.

The song Stefania is to be played when the train arrives in the capital, in the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk, and in Kalush, where the singer is from.

All aboard - except for cyberattackers.

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