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Italian Siblings Arrested Over Long-running Cyber Espionage Campaign

Italian siblings Giulio Occhionero and Francesca Maria Occhionero have been arrested in Rome, charged with conducting a long-running cyber espionage campaign against leading Italian politicians, businessmen and Masons.

The malware supposedly used by the duo is known as EyePyramid, possibly referencing the Eye of Providence found on the US one-dollar bill and often associated with Freemasonry. Investigators believe that the operation may have been running as early as 2010.

Giulio Occhionero is a high-ranking member of the Grand Orients Masonic lodge, and was reportedly shortlisted for the office of Master Mason. According to the arrest warrant, one of his targets was the grand master of Italy's biggest lodge -- and it would be easy to infer some form of masonic intrigue at play.

There is, however, no clear evidence of the effect or motivation behind the spying; nor the precise quantity or quality of the data stolen. Exfiltrated data was sent to and stored on servers in the...(continued)

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