Articles by Daniele Lepido

Swiss Cyber Security Firm Says It Accessed Servers of a SolarWinds Hacking Group

A Swiss cyber-security firm says it has accessed servers used by a hacking group tied to the SolarWinds breach, revealing details about who the attackers targeted and how they carried out their operation. The firm, PRODAFT, also said the hackers …

Increasingly Popular Industrial Robots Are Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Report Warns

Industrial robots are now being used to assemble everything from airplanes to smartphones, using human-like arms to mechanically repeat the same processes over and over, thousands of times a day with nanometric precision. But according to a new report entitled …

Shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Norwegian Unit Hit with Ransomware Attack

A group of hackers executed a successful attack this week on shipbuilder Fincantieri SpA’s Norwegian unit, an Italy-based representative for the company said, confirming local reports. Servers at the Norwegian unit, Vard Group AS, were infected with a ransomware, and …

UniCredit Hackers Try to Sell Employee Data on Cyber-Crime Forums

Data on about 3,000 UniCredit SpA employees was put up for sale on cyber-crime forums after a hacking attack. The data went on sale on April 19 and contained what the hacker said was information on UniCredit workers, including emails, …

Atlantia CEO Resigns 13 Months After Fatal Genoa Bridge Collapse

Atlantia SpA Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Castellucci resigned as leader of the Benetton family infrastructure unit, 13 months after a fatal bridge collapse in Genoa sparked an investigation into maintenance practices. Castellucci, who spearheaded Atlantia’s transformation into the world’s biggest …

Cyber Attack Targets Italian Oil-Services Firm Saipem

The Italian oil-services company Saipem SpA is still assessing the scope and impact of a cyber attack that targeted its servers in the Middle East, according to the company’s head of digital and innovation. “We’re keeping the servers down to …

Italy’s Billionaire Benetton Family Plans to Boost Stake in Generali, Say Sources

Italy’s billionaire Benetton family plans to boost its stake in Assicurazioni Generali SpA, the country’s biggest insurer, to as much as 2 percent as part of a strategy to increase investments in the financial industry, according to people familiar with …

Cyber Security Expert Leonardo to Offer Anti-Ransomware Weapon

When a wave of ransom-requesting cyber attacks hit computers across the globe earlier this month, Leonardo SpA cyber-security experts had already warned clients that a larger-than-usual strike was about to hit. Now, the company is set to roll out a …

Allianz Eyes Purchasing Generali’s French Operations: Sources

Allianz SE, Europe’s largest insurer, is in discussions with Assicurazioni Generali SpA as it weighs a bid for the company’s French operations, according to people familiar with the matter. Allianz executives are uncertain whether a combination with the French insurance …

EXOR CEO Embraces Grandfather’s Dealmaking Style to Revamp Agnelli Empire

As a boy, John Elkann watched his grandfather Gianni Agnelli build Italy’s biggest industrial fortune, but as an adult he has never adopted Agnelli’s swashbuckling style. Lately, though, Elkann has embraced at least one of his grandfather’s trademarks: dealmaking. EXOR …