The felons are two siblings who live between Rome and London, Giulio and Francesca Maria Occhionero. He is a 45-year-old nuclear engineer, apparently affiliated with Freemasonry, while she is a 49-year-old chemist who in her late 20s became a professor of security at IRI Management (according to Giuliano Tavaroli), a passionate runner who enjoys dual Italian-American citizenship.
The pair applied an old malware dated 2008, which according to some experts is not among the top hacker tools. This malware can be leased or bought online. This malware was already used in the past in other cyber-attacks and therefore is not new to investigators. They used some domains to infect their targets, like eyepiramid.com, considered among the world’s nerds as one of the least reliable in existence; their server was trivially placed in the U.S. and not more shrewdly, in China, in Russia or in Kamchatka. And they spied on half of Italy and robbed them sensitive data for at least four years.
After months of investigations by the postal police, which started after the report of a suspicious email by an ENAV executive, the two siblings were arrested on Monday and their cyber-espionage network was dismantled.
The warrant signed by the Preliminary Investigations Judge in Rome, Maria Paola Tomaselli, presents a bleak and disturbing picture, described in the relatively simple terms of criminal action.