The official website of the Ministry of Ecological Transition is offline, officially as a response to unspecified “external threats” to the computer network. Minister Cingolani confirmed this in a live link with Radio1:
as I speak to you, in addition to energy security, I tell you that we have external threats detected on the Ministry’s IT network and as a precaution we had to suspend the operation of all the Ministry’s IT systems. Security is the first parameter to keep in mind.
It would therefore be a voluntary choice according to the official version and not the effect of a successful cyber attack. Sources of the Corriere della Sera however, they suggest that it was a real hacker attack that has been causing disservices for a few days, more or less since problems relating to the Revenue Agency website emerged. It cannot be ruled out that the same “external threats” are behind both events.
Also during the interview with Radio1, the asks if it was a Russian cyberattack. Cingolani for the moment has no certainties:
Impossible to answer at this moment, now there are the appropriate structures working, but at this moment safety must be the goal of all Italians.
In the field of speculation, everything is possible – it is recalled, for example, that the Minister has made very clear statements on the possibility of completely renouncing Russian gas for some time, and these are positions that obviously do not like Moscow – but they are, in fact , simple hypotheses not supported by unequivocal evidence.
Nor can it be ruled out that the purpose of the alleged attack is solely motivated by profit and unrelated to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, as occurred in the cyber-attack targeted the Trenitalia site a few weeks ago (action conducted by the Russian-Bulgarian group Hive and resulted in a request to pay 5 million dollars in Bitcoin to remove the ransomware).
In addition to the main domain, other sites linked to the MITE are still offline: Sif-Web (https://sif-fitosanitari.mite.gov.it/) and the Knowledge Platform (https://pdc.mite.gov.it/ it).