Mario Draghi's Email Was Hacked By A High-Ranking Mason

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Earlier this morning we reported the bizarre story of how two hackers had managed to penetrate the email accounts of not only ECB head Mario Draghi, but also former Italian PMs Matteo Renzi and Mario Monti, as well as countless other highly placed politicians and executives. On the surface this may have been a non-event, especially if the hackers were unaware of the potentially market-moving content of the various emails hacked, and had no means of acting on the uncovered information.

However, as subsequent information revealed, there appears to be much more to the story, including a very surprise twist.

First, as Bloomberg reported, in addition to Draghi and Renzi, the extensive cyber-spying operation targeted more than 18,000 e-mail accounts, according to a court document. The aptly named operation “Eye Pyramid” (more on that shortly) revealed cyber-spying of institutions, state agencies, professionals, political figures and business people lasting for years, Italian police said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday.

Police said two people were arrested: a nuclear engineer and his sister, both living in Rome "and well-known in Roman financial circles."

The two were Giulio Occhionero, 45, and his sister Francesca Maria Occhionero, 48, who were charged with stealing state secrets and illegal hacking. Lawyers representing the two could not be immediately reached. According to the complaint, the alleged hackers acted “with the aim of making a profit for themselves or for others.”

The suspects' arrest warrant issued by Rome pre-trial Judge Maria Paola Tomaselli states that Draghi’s e-mail at the Bank of Italy was hacked in the summer of 2016. Draghi served as governor of the Italian central bank from 2005 to 2011. An e-mail account belonging to Renzi was also hacked, the document says.

Among the others hacked is a list of who's who in Italian politics: "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, head of the specialised police cyber unit that conducted the investigation, told Reuters. Other hacker were Italian oil giant Eni SpA, multinational power company Enel SpA and technology company Leonardo Finmeccanica SpA, the court document shows. Political parties, law firms, politicians and ministries were also targeted.

The suspects tried to obtain confidential and sensitive data, especially on banks, at the ECB in Frankfurt and at the Bank of Italy in Rome, according to a person familiar with the investigation, speaking on the condition of not being identified by name. As Bloomberg add, "the two arrested are suspected of obtaining information on national security, serious illegal access to a computer system and illicit interception of computer communications in an investigation led by Rome prosecutors, an Italian police statement said."

Thanks to a wide network of computers infected with malware called “Eyepyramid,” the pair allegedly obtained from a large number of victims “confidential information and sensitive data over many years” which was stored on U.S. servers, according to the police statement. Italian police, working with the Cyber Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have seized the servers, it added. An official at the U.S. embassy in Rome declined to comment on behalf of the FBI.

Draghi's account at the Bank of Italy, where he was previously governor, and Renzi's personal Apple account that he used while he was prime minister were among those infected by the malware, according to the arrest warrant cited by Reuters. Renzi's official email as prime minister was also targeted, Di Legami said.

But back to the perpetrators, because that's where the story gets even more fascinating. 

Giulio Occhionero, a trained nuclear engineer and co-founder of investment firm Westland Securities, used a malware to infect the email accounts so that he could make "investments based on reserved information," Di Legami said. In other words, profit using information extracted from the head of the European Central Bank, among others.


Giulio Occhionero

And now the punchline: according to the arrest warrant, Occhionero was a high-ranking member of a Masonic lodge, "which in Italy are shrouded in secrecy, and among those he monitored was the grand master of the country's biggest lodge."

While Putin was not involved in this particular hacking, the actual mechanism was far more bizarre: Occhionero, which means black-eye in Italian, used a customised malware called "Eye Pyramid", a reference to the all-seeing eye of God, like the one depicted on the back of the U.S. dollar bill, as well as a reference to the Masonic eye symbol, which also happens to grace every US Dollar bill.

The court document added that the stolen data was stored in servers in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized the servers and will ship them to Italy, Di Legami said.

While most of the hacking appears to have been focused on the email accounts, there was evidence that he had managed to install a keylogger on some computers, allowing him to see every keystroke, the warrant showed. It was not clear which computers the Mason was able to track.

The warrant notes that while the investigation began when an infected email was detected in April, 2016, there is evidence the two had been using the malware to spy since 2010. As noted above, the investigation so far shows some 18,000 accounts may have been hacked, and some 2,000 user passwords identified.

And even thought the head of the specialised police cyber unit that conducted the investigation told Reuters there was no evidence the Italian hackers were acting on behalf of foreign states, one wonders which other foreign or non non-foreign actors also had access to information that may have been sourced from the email of Mario Draghi as well as the most important central bank in Europe, and how Occhionero - a high-ranking mason and finance professional - profited on the information, and how any of his accomplices, Masons or otherwise, benefited from having an inside view into what may have been extremely critical, market-moving news, coming at a time when the ECB annonced a variety of initiatives which resulted in the biggest drop in corporate bond yields in history.

Finally, if Occhionero managed to hack virtually every highly-placed Italian, did he do the same with foreign entities, such as Americans, at a time when the public and media are both extremely sensitive to any news of cybercrime, and if so what did they learn?

We hope to learn more as this fascinating case unfolds.

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1980XLS's picture

Shitting Bricks

Looney's picture

 

Draghi’s password was “putana” and his credit card 4-digit code is "1111" - everybody in Nigeria knows that!   ;-)

Looney

Truther's picture

Chainsaw hacked? hopefully?

BaBaBouy's picture

Putin Putin Putin Did It ~~~

Pinto Currency's picture

Hacking is nothing.

If you want to terrify Draghi, get a beautiful young lady to throw colored confetti at him.

Lest we forget Putin's classic response to a young lady:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/shortcuts/2013/apr/08/topless-protest-v...

Croesus's picture

I'd rather terrify Merkel, by lighting a fuse under her fat ass.

OfAllElaboratePlans's picture
OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) Croesus Jan 10, 2017 4:42 PM

Jackie MASON (most likely)

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

ooo goody, we get to see which of the EU are part of the paedo-mafia too!!

NoDebt's picture

I got goosebumps.  This is so cool.  

Hacked emails, heads of state and huge financial institutions, and of course.... a secret society of Freemasons.  Talk about a story hitting on all 8 cylinders!  This one's got it all, baby.

Tyler, I demand you fly to Rome to get to the bottom of this immediately.  Scratch that.  I demand you fly ME to Rome to get to the bottom of this immediately.

 

knukles's picture

I haven't smoked a bowl in years.  Have I?
This is all getting rather giggle weird all over the place.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Surely Occhionero is just your typical scapegoat/patsy.

Yeah, the e-mails of all those people was being monitored.  Yeah, keystrokes were being logged.

But by Occhionero?  Or by the organization he works for?

Intelligence agencies are structured on the 'secret society' model.  And they both work for the wealthiest individuals in society.

Urban Redneck's picture

Regardless of who he worked for... the NSA has the emails, and since they are the emails of overseas PEPs (politically exposed persons) they would set off all sorts of alarm bells as soon as they popped into the USSA enroute to these two servers.  Given the HUMINT nature of both the Freemasons and the CIA, the NSA front-running the CIA actually might be a possibility here.

ATM's picture

Probably NSA but I concur. Has all the hallmarks.

jefferson32's picture

Italy is where they prosecuted the Masonic P2 lodge in the context of Gladio false-flag attacks. It is also where CIA agents were charged for illegally kidnapping a Muslim man on the streets of Milan during the Bush secret rendition years.

walküre's picture

Also where they recently shot alleged super terrorist Anus Amrika at 3am because he couldn't present any of his 20 fake id's.

IndyPat's picture

Bingo!

This is nothing new. More conspiracy "theory" once again becoming conspiracy fact.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_Due

Badsamm's picture

It will be thrown under the fake news rug unless they can spin a Russian angle

walküre's picture

I'm closer than you... less traveling expense :)

aPlayer's picture

I bet these guys were actively trading the otc spot fx markets during major news announcements.

unicorn's picture

i suggest you start with this:

if you hack Leonardo (FINMECCANICA), you get this:

Already in 2009 Finmeccanica identified “border control and security systems” as one of the primary drivers for increase in orders and revenues.  This was followed, in the same year, by the already discussed deal with Libya, which was partly funded by the EU. In general, Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries supply a broad range of equipment for border security and border control applications, in the fields of surveillance, detection, (biometric-based) access control, perimeter security, communications and command and control systems

Helicopters from Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland- division are used by many EU-member states and neighbouring countries. Purchases are often (partly) funded by the EU (see map). In 2007 Roland Peets, director general of the Estonian Border Guard, called the procurement of three AW139 helicopters “one of the biggest projects to have been accomplished utilising Schengen Facility funds”. 

Some deals were dogged by problems. In 2009 a deal for 15 A-109 helicopters for the Algerian Border Patrol was finalised.  This contract is one of those being examined by Italy’s tax police in a broader anti-corruption investigation.  And in June 2015 Bulgarian press reported that all three AW-helicopters of the Bulgarian Border Police had been grounded since December 2014 because of lack of aviation insurance. 

In 2005 Poland awarded Selex a 30 million euros contract for building a coastal surveillance system (ZSRN) for the Polish Border Guard. 229 Selex also installed radar on maritime patrol aircraft of the Finnish Border Guard. 230 In December 2015, Selex presented surveillance technologies, which were chosen by NATO for its Alliance Ground Surveillance Program, which has assistance in border control as one of its main aims. The system should start operating in Italy in 2017.  Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries are also very active in EU-funded R&T. Selex coordinated the SEABILLA project, aimed at the development

of European Sea Border Surveillance system.

(....if you have anything to ship across the mediterranean sea, better know the details...)

In December 2014, Selex announced that it “will
contribute its technology to the CLOSEYE [...]
project  for  Mediterranean  surveillance.  This
monitoring system was conceived in response
to the increasing pressure of migration from
the North-African coasts to improve the border
surveillance  capabilities  of  the  responsible
authorities.”

During the writing of this report, Finmeccanica
renamed itself Leonardo, possibly in an attempt
to  improve  its  reputation  after  a  number  of
corruption scandal

this text was copy pasted from the border wars report by mark akkerman:

https://www.tni.org/files/publication-downloads/border-wars-report-web12...

 

and btw i think you get some nice and valuable biometric data with a hack like this ..................

 

in or
Citizen_x's picture

 

The Masonic Lodge....huhh

This worse than a Dan Brown novel...

Somebody please, email Robert Langdon..We need a Symbologist right away...

scsherman's picture
scsherman (not verified) Citizen_x Jan 10, 2017 7:29 PM

Just wait until they discover the real virus...

Dead Canary's picture

WHAT? CHARLES MANSON?

When did he get out?

janus's picture

Somebody tell ole janus sumptin...just where is that Tyrian Architect when ya need him most?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNiie_zmSr8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J2QdDbelmY

janus

 

Joe Davola's picture

Oh, an she hot!

Tyler, are you trying to debunk the idea that all your headlines are click-bait, since you could have used the sister as the image on the main page.

sonoftx's picture

What does "I'm gonna Witchita" mean?
Edit; should likely be Wichita .
Edit: so I forget that the world is at the fingertips. Yes, it does say Wichita. So, I believe what he is saying is that he is getting the hell out of there. Back to a smaller and simpler life. Back to home where he came from. I gues Wichita was slang for going rural or going slow. Usually not real good at slang. I guess I missed Wichita. Good song though. But why do they never show the other guitarist?

sonoftx's picture

So, it is likely you will not see this Mr. Janus. But, did you ever read "Catcher in the Rye". I am sure you have. Did you ever think that your brain kind of worked like the main character's. Anyways, I enjoy your observations.
Have a good evening.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Oh, that Sneaky Putin®, how does he do it all?!

espirit's picture

in Put == Put in

Proof of Russian Involvement.

 

Straight from the Certainly Not News MSM.

Crash Overide's picture

lulz, pwned...

2017 will be the year of the hacks, party's just getting started.

land_of_the_few's picture

And what if these 2 "wanted to influence the US election"? I mean clearly they didn't, but we could *say* they *might have wanted to* - string them up immediately in Times Square! - tough on crime, tough on the fictional demographic of crime, can't we just drone them? :P

Billy the Poet's picture

The court document added that the stolen data was stored in servers in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

We can state with high confidence that the hack was ordered by Barack Obama. That's how it works, right?

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate. The NSA / Five Eyes etc... All British / Jesuit Trained Intelligence Fronts.

espirit's picture

Now, who do we know who has servers in Utah?

Radical Amish?

Mormon Genealogical?

NSA?

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I'm just amazed after all this they can advocate a cashless society with a straight face.

Miffed

shovelhead's picture

Nundaworry. You money she's a safe with us. She's a sleep like a nino.

PTR's picture

I'm just amazed after all this they can advocate a cashless society with a straight face.

Miffed

They wait to do their laughing behind our backs.

shrimpythai's picture

yes and who else has and is using this nice bit of spyware that hasn't been found out yet? This is just Italy? would think it is being used elsewhere as well - like everywhere

KuriousKat's picture

Utah? NSA fucked up..anyone who thinks they aren't into manipulating markets is crazy.

cro_maat's picture

Guilio Occhionero was part of Operation Espresso where the NSA hired Italian Nuclear engineers, quants and hackers to create the ultimate European HFT big data package.

We await the product offering and pricing.

Anarchy 99's picture

puttana (whore)   2 t's

Shibboleth's picture

Well what'd you know. Who could have guessed?

walküre's picture

You bet allot of non-ordinary Italians are shitting bricks over this.

Italy's economy is run by 100 families. The money and the influence go back centuries. I've always wondered what would happen with an Italian Jew running the European Central Bank. There were some big shady energy deals in the last 5 to 10 years involving Brazil, Canada and China. Money bleeding from Italy's banks which was backed later by ECB.

Did Renzi resign over this to avoid political scrutiny?

 

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Sadly instead of saving the world in this movie Tom Hanks will don a MAGA hat and a fake beard and make fun of people who are awake.

 

Weird as shit man. Not like we all don't privately believe the world is this weird, but when our own darkest beliefs are validated. AHAHA!