Russian vote hacking attempt foiled, police say

Pro-Russian hackers attempted to disrupt voting for the Eurovision Song Contest, Italian police have said.

Ukraine won the competition thanks to huge support in the public vote. Russia was banned following its invasion.

Police in Italy, where this year's contest was staged, said the Killnet hacker group targeted the first semi-final - in which Ukraine performed - as well as Saturday's grand final.

But they said their cybersecurity division blocked the attacks.

"Various computer attacks of a DDOS [distributed denial-of-service] nature aimed at network infrastructures during voting operations and singing performances were mitigated," a police statement said.

Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra won the contest with their song Stefania, which was the runaway winner in the public vote.

It topped the overall points tally after votes from the viewers were combined with the results from the national juries.

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