Two Arrested For Hacking Email Accounts Of ECB's Mario Draghi, Former Italian PM Renzi

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears the Clinton campaign wasn't the only one targeted by malicious (Russian) hackers.

Reuters reported that on Tuesday, Italian police arrested two people for hacking into thousands of email accounts, including those of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and former prime ministers Matteo Renzi and Mario Monti.

"There were tens of thousands of email accounts hacked, and among them were accounts belonging to bankers, businessmen and even several cardinals in the Vatican," Roberto Di Legami, director of the specialised cyber police unit that conducted the investigation, told Reuters. How the information may have been used is still under investigation, he said.

It is still not clear exactly how much information was collected and how important it may have been, he sai, although one would venture to guess that any information contained in emails leaked from the current head of the world's biggest hedge fund, aka the ECB, would be market moving.

Police have sequestered a server in Rome containing thousands of files, but 99 percent of the data was stored in the United States, Di Legami said. The information will be shipped back in coming days but it will take some time before it can be analysed.

The FT adds that according to Italian authorities, the arrested pair are residents of London but are domiciled in Rome and are “well known” in the world of high finance. Thanks to an extended network of computers previously infected with a malware, the pair collected confidential information, which was stored saved on servers in the United States. The inquiry was coordinated with the FBI’s Cyber Division.

It was not immediately clear if the Russians would also be blamed for this particular incident.

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Debugas's picture

should not all e-mails of such officials be public anyway ?

peddling-fiction's picture

Hopefully they made it to Wikipedia.

Looney's picture


All Central Bankers should be whipped twice a day right in front of the bank.

It doesn't really matter whether they’ve made a mistake today or not.

Also, on the last day of their terms they should be stoned, for good measure.   ;-)


xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Looney Jan 10, 2017 7:28 AM

Russians are invading Europe...oy vey !

mkhs's picture

They aren't already stoned?  I do better blind drunk then those halfwits.

anarchitect's picture

I presume you mean Wikileaks, which was also my reaction.  But it sounds like these guys were trying to use the info for personal gain.

spankfish's picture

Don't think of them as "emails", but as e-postcards.  Open for everyone to read.

Zorrohodge's picture

Oh jeesus. Volatility incoming!

ciscokid's picture

Here we go again.

navy62802's picture

It's the fucking time-traveling Nazis again.

Dodgy Geezer's picture

Bet it's the CIA....

navy62802's picture

CIA using a Russian proxy.

new game's picture

think i'll go back to hand delivered code...

smoke signals?

try an encripted smile to get laid, lol...

new game's picture

ecb has nothing to hide-lol...

Bill of Rights's picture

These assholes are serious aren't they, can anyone else see what this is leading up to? Fuckers are pulling out all the BS before next Friday...

nightwish's picture

Literally every misfortune can be pinned on Russia with just a little creativlity and lots of media help, from nuclear power plant problems to a decline in coca cola sales. We now live in a fake world, from autotune to photoshop to 'evil russia'.

Kefeer's picture

Communism is a real threat; and it has penetrated the US Government and the Left-wing nut-jobs...unless we have divine intervention, then the path continues off the cliff.

Ckierst1's picture

That is so "Look, a squirrel!".  Communism is such a conspicuous failure as a philosophy of political economy over the last one hundred years that you simply mark yourself as a shill.  The real threat to liberty and prosperity for the common man lies in the elitist crony globalist mercantilistic socialism that seeks to pervert, corrupt, bleed and co-opt every "good intention" it can to serve its own nefarious ends - globalist dominion and pervasive serfdom with the capture of every thing of any real value.  The globalist elites simply use the siren of socialism to con propagandized (they control the MSM and the news agenda) "useful idiots" among the masses to pursue "good intentions" with other people's wealth, which they will absorb via their parasitic turnstile corporate/government cronyism.  This doesn't even address the phony "markets" which they manipulate to fraudulently game vulnerable small investors of their retirement nest eggs.

Kefeer's picture

Socialism and communism are alike in that both are systems of production for use based on public ownership of the means of production and centralized planning. Socialism grows directly out of capitalism; it is the first form of the new society. Communism is a further development or "higher stage" of socialism.


Both are failures in the end, but many people suffer as a result - squirrel & shill; nice??


The bottom line is the actual form of government doesn't really matter when lying from the top to the bottom is the norm, which is another way of saying that there is no fixed morality in which to gauge right from wrong.  So man defines his own basis for morality and that is the religion of secular humanism that changes with the cultural winds and leads to hell both literally and figuratively as all will bear witness.


The threat to liberty is ones (individual and/or society) bondage to sin, which is lawlessness and immorality- nothing else.

Citizen_x's picture


It must be the Russians...Boris and Natasha ? 

After all,  who puts a doll inside a doll.

TeaClipper's picture

Lets hope wikileaks got a dump of this data. They did promise an interesting 2017

SpanishGoop's picture

"...and even several cardinals in the Vatican,"

Bet you they found some kiddie porn.

Mostly boys of course.


Pliskin's picture

All boys of course.


Pliskin's picture

So will we see sanctions (International) against the U.S.A and the Vatican?

mkhs's picture

Double secret probation.  Anyway, I heard you were dead, Snake.

PrivetHedge's picture

All ECB emails should be public.

They forced us to go bust with their funny money, we need to know what they are up to.

SpanishGoop's picture

i'll tell you, "nothing good".


Kefeer's picture

Two people - were they Russian (cough cough)?  Let us hope that the emails show up on WikiLeaks.

Calculus99's picture

Who do you think would be more bent? 

The ECB Chairman or some Catholic Cardinals. 

Very hard to answer.

mkhs's picture

Not really.  The choirboys are more bent.

SpanishGoop's picture

"The information will be shipped back in coming days"

No trust in the internet anymore ?


Calculus99's picture

Mr Smooth Mario is probably too smart to put anything bad in his emails. 

These days with hacking/bugging everywhere the only place to be sure of safety is to have your meetings naked in a jacuzzi and even then you'd have to have a boombox turned up and talk with your hand over your mouth.

SpanishGoop's picture

The police probably didn't read the emails or else Mario and the cardinals would have been arrested.

O wait, that's not how it works. It's always the hacker, never the hacked.


insanelysane's picture

I just posted similar comment below.  These truths should not be known.

trumpala's picture

Give it to WikiLeaks now!

williambanzai7's picture

Damn right it was the Russians, and the Chinese delivery men as well.

misalkin's picture

"information, was stored saved on servers in the United States"

It is proof US attacked Europe, put sanctions on US immadietly!

FlKeysFisherman's picture

Spirit cooking confirmed.

Grandad Grumps's picture

If the Clowns In Action are up to their tricks, we will see the pair of Londoners PhotoShopped poorly to look like Russians ... Or at least look as the American TV watching public expects Russians to look like.

spanish inquisition's picture

Statement from police "Although no direct Russian involvement was found, a bottle of vodka was on the scene that would infer, with a high level of confidence that the Russians and Putin himself were involved as middle men."

Mr Perspective's picture

It's always puzzling that, in this 'era of 'fake news', many stories about arrests of "alleged" criminals fail to mention the names of the perpetrators. It is a matter of public record is it not?  So why are they not disclosed in the media?  Where are the facts? Don't they teach who, what, where, when, why and how in journo school any more?  It seems many aspiring writers took the wrong class and instead studied 'mushroom management' (keep them in the dark and feed them shit). 

Justin Case's picture

Very little or no follow ups as well. Then the next big story unfolds. It's continuous barrage of stories of which general public sheeople retain just the headlies. There is no time for it to be rationalized or questioned before the next big thing comes out. Very few people read news today, they prefer to be spoon fed the lies by the squawk box and talking heads on TeeVee. Alternative news sites are going to be accused of fake news and lies so that TPTB can regain the control of the minds of the public. They are obviously in defence mode by news bombing their narratives of trying to start a woar ASAP.

Mr Perspective's picture

Exactly. The alt-news gets the brunt of the deflection but they are just as guilty for cutting and pasting the same news-scripts that the MSM is given by the Controllers. How many alt news sites have their own investigative reporter(s)? Not many. Most just mine news that suits their agendas from elsewhere and disseminate it. Case in point - the story above comes from one of the main propaganda producers: Reuters. Down the rabbit hole we go....

insanelysane's picture

Warning, successful hack.

Truthful information may be released.

Masses may become angry when truth is known.

Any fallout must be blamed on the hackers releasing the truth and not on the actual actors whose deeds are revealed.

See DNC, Podesta, Hillary, NSA, Facebook, Google, phone companies, etc.

venturen's picture

Who would think Obama and Globalists could bring back the Red Scare?

FreeEarCandy's picture

Investigators revealed that upon entering the residence in London they immediately smelled something fishy. This resulted in a complete and thorough search of the area, which turned up 3 cans of Russian caviar with an expiration date of 2009. This suggested that the Russians were indeed involved and for quite some time. No old London crackers were found.