The Italian Almanac

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Cyber Crime

Interior Minister Roberto Maroni inaugurated a new national centre for the fight against cybercrime, describing the phenomenon as ``a serious threat for national security, intellectual property and privacy``. Opening the CNAIPIC centre, which is tasked with defending critical infrastructures from criminal and terrorist Internet threats, Maroni said Italy was ``second to none`` in the battle against cybercrime.``In recent years the phenomenon has assumed very worrying dimensions,`` he said, adding that Italy would present its system to world partners during July`s Group of Eight summit in L`Aquila.

Domenico Vuliani, the head of the postal police, said CNAIPIC would work 24 hours a day with the dual task of ``predicting attacks through the constant monitoring of the Internet and the repression of the phenomenon``. Vuliani said examples of when the postal police had intervened in the past included an attempt at industrial espionage against the national railways, uncovering al-Qaeda videos in circulation, and - on the warning of NASA - locating a 20-year-old hacker who had moved satellites belonging to the American space agency.