Services discovered Kaspersky's antivirus. Well done!

by Umberto Rapetto

What did the undersecretary to the presidency of the Council with responsibility for the Services, Gabrielli, say about the Kaspersky antivirus used by the servers of the Public Administration. The comment by Umberto Rapetto, director of

Kaspersky antivirus case. As the mafia only kills in the summer, Russian hackers are only dangerous on Sundays. After the terrifying but providential announcement last weekend that averted catastrophic repercussions on national IT systems, this week our authorities - always vigilant and timely - were able to prove unexpected operations. Almost a month after the Infosec News editorial which asked "In times of war, does our Defense still have a Russian antivirus?" and ten days after my other "grilled inkwell" that combined cyber war and Russian risk, comes the sensational and unexpected twist of the decision of the Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council with responsibility for the Services, Franco Gabrielli (who certainly acted d intuition and impetus so as not to waste a minute more) to remove the Kaspersky antivirus from the servers of the Public Administration. The sixth sense of our politics deserves the most indiscriminate applause. Yes, the perception of danger when no one would ever have thought of it, the one that rightly makes fairytale salaries deserve to those who with a flicker avoid problems for the community ... Inebriated by the satisfaction of feeling protected, one wonders if the resolution only looks to the future or leads to a severe examination of conscience on what in the "cyber perimeter" (damn how much we like these expressions that are so cool ...) has been done ( at the moment little and bad) and will be implemented in the future. The most acidic lovers of the subject ask themselves, for example, how it was possible to "certify" a product like the one that we are now hurrying to remove? Having to proceed with "removals", perhaps we should begin with the grand committees that have carried out, approved and supervised the activities of verifying the suitability of a software that by its nature deeply affects the biological cycle of any computer system. Then you want to know who (including names and surnames, preferring the respect of administrative transparency to privacy) who bought those antivirus that now need to be thrown away and replaced (not without charges, neither money nor time). As for me, some legitimate doubts about the supplier I had started to manifest on October 6, 2017 in my blog, but I think that now we must give up the useless considerations in this regard and concentrate only on taking note that the war in Ukraine officially begins on February 22, 2022. Watch out for the dates ... The most meddlesome would like to know the opinion of those who the following March 3 (when it was difficult to have no idea what was happening) was side by side with Kaspersky's management during the "States General of Information Engineering ''. To read the reviews - all identical, all written by copying a presumed press release - it was "an event attended by parliamentarians, analysts and leading digital transition experts' '. To paraphrase the online articles, at the summit held at the Chapter Hall of the Senate of the Republic to keep company with Cesare D'Angelo, General Manager Italy of Kaspersky, there were among others the Senator Urania Papatheu (Forza Italia, President of the Intergroup Parliamentary Inclusion Digital), Mauro Minenna (Head of the MITD Digital Transformation Department), Armando Zambiano (President of the National Council of Engineers - CNI), Alessandro Astorino (Coordinator of the Operational Council of the Italian Information Engineering Committee - C3I), Luisa Franchina (Vice President of the Study Center Defense and Security - STUDIES). (Extract from an article published on