Ransomware Gang BlackCat Responsible for Italy’s GSE Cyberattack

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Sep 05, 2022

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The group accepted responsibility for the ransomware attack on the country’s publicly-owned energy agency.

ALPHV

Ransomware group BlackCat is making headway in raising its notoriety. The group, also known as ALPHV, has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA (GSE), Italy’s energy company. The attack led to the theft of a massive amount of data from the agency’s servers.

Ransomware attacks involve hackers stealing sensitive information from unsuspecting victims and threatening them with public exposure unless they pay demanded sums. 

The statistics are quite telling, with ransomware attacks growing by more than 350% each year. By 2024, the cost of these breaches is expected to surpass $42 billion.

GSE took down its website and systems to mitigate the attack when it detected it. However, BlackCat had already made an entry on its dark web leak site, indicating that it made away with over 700 GB of the agency’s files. According to the group, they contain confidential information such as contracts, reports, and accounting documentation.

With this cyberattack, BlackCat has continued its prolific run. The group is tied to attacks on a couple of Luxembourg companies, as well as major ports across Europe.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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