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Italian police arrest two over hacking defence group Leonardo

Christian Fernsby |
A manager and a former employee of Leonardo were arrested on Saturday for their alleged role in hacking the Italian defence group’s computers to steal sensitive information between 2015 and 2017, prosecutors in the southern city of Naples said.

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Topics: LEONARDO   

The arrests are a blow for Leonardo, which along with its aerospace activities also has a large cybersecurity division that counts NATO among its customers.

Naples prosecutors said in a statement that an ex-employee in Leonardo’s cyber-security department was suspected of having used malware to infect computers to extract “classified information of significant value to the company”.

The information was stolen for “illicit goals which are still being investigated,” the statement said, Reuters reported.

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