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Five Star Movement, new hacker attack on Rousseau platform: online some donor names

The author is once again Rogue0, the hacker whom last year has attacked the operating system of the Cinquestelle party.

New hacker attack on the Rousseau platform. Rogue0, the hacker whom last year breached the operating system of the Five Star Movement, is back in action, sharing on his Twitter profile, a few hours ago, two links leading to the site, where the data related to the M5S platform database have been published.


What is the Rousseau platform?

The Rousseau platform is an application reachable on the web where the registered users of M5S can discuss, approve or reject legislative proposals (submitted then in the Parliament by the M5S group).

The platform is controlled by Casaleggio Associati, an internet and publishing company that advises on network strategies, and editor of Beppe Grillo’s blog. Casaleggio Associati has been founded by Gianroberto Casaleggio, co-founder, with Beppe Grillo, of the Five Star Movement. The company is now lead by his son Davide.

One of the two links would refer to a list of donations made last July with names, surnames, amounts, and emails from unencrypted donors. The other link shared by Rogue0 would lead to a list of recent tables in the Rousseau database.

According to Marco Canestrari, blogger and former employee of ‘Casaleggio Associati’,the attack is problematic if it would be determined that the system was not updated, as they declared some time ago answering to the Data Protection Supervisor requests.


In another tweet, the hacker publishes what according to the debunker and computer expert David Puente could be “the probable username of the database administrator in possession of the blackhat”.

“If these data are confirmed, it will not be good news for the platform’s managers, in addition to having to review the security of the entire structure, they will have to communicate to the Data Protection Supervisor and the users involved on what happened”, writes Puente on his blog.

The Data Protection Supervisor informs that they have initiated the first checks to “verify whether the data breach was determined by the same causes found in the past, already subject to a provision of the Data Protection Supervisor”.

Source: La Repubblica

Orban-Salvini, meeting in Milan: “Together to change the EU”

“We are close to a historic turning point for the future of Europe,” said the Northern League deputy premier at the end of the prefecture summit with the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban.

“We are against Macron and illegal immigration – said Fidesz leader – and we would like our position to be adopted in the European People’s Party (EPP)”. Political parties such as the Democratic Party, Liberi e Uguali and Possibile, the Anpi and the unions starting with the CGIL have also joined the protest demonstration “Europe without walls”.

“We are close to a historic turning point for the future of Europe: today begins a journey of meetings, there will be many others”. In view of the European elections next year. Matteo Salvini and the Hungarian premier Viktor Orban smile at the end of the meeting in the Prefecture in Milan. Orban flew to Milan to meet with the deputy prime minister of the Lega-M5s government and to secure the media coverage at the end of August to draw the lines of a collaboration between Italy and Hungary that is getting stronger. Above all at the community level and in view of the 2019 elections.

A few months before the vote that will renew the European Parliament, Orban and Salvini define the strategy that will see them oppose together with what they identify as an opponent: the European Socialist Party.

The theme is the stay of Fidesz, a party of the Hungarian premier, in the European People’s Party (which in Brussels governs in alliance with the PES) or as an alternative to joining the League in the same EPP. For now the two do not give indications in one direction or another, but on the horizon, the two leaders clearly say, there is an alliance between Lega and Fidezs: “I do not allow myself to ask Viktor to leave the Popular Party European – explained the League secretary, answering a question – we are working each in his own field for an alliance to exclude socialists and bring back to the center the identities that our governments represent, each with its own history “.

The “enemy” identified by the Orban-Salvini axis is the head of the Élysée: on immigration “we ask for collaboration with countries like France” The Lega secretary affirmed – Macron spends his time giving lessons to foreign governments while he could be the first to show sensitivity and solidarity by reopening the Ventimiglia border. He can do this tomorrow morning “. “If this example came from the big countries – he added – even from Visegrad countries (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, ed) there could be a different approach. But I hold Hungary’s absolute right to defend the boundaries and security of its people. The shared objective is the defense of external borders “.

Also on the point that for years it divides Italy and Hungary – the relocation and redistribution of migrants arrived in Europe – Orban and Salvini come to a synthesis: Budapest will never accept to take a quota because “migrants can be re-exported in their countries. We do not have to relocate them, we do not have to divide up among ourselves, but send them back to their home “, explained the Fidesz leader. And the fellow League re-launches on the agreements in force between the European allies: “Of NGOs, whether or not they were willing to help traffickers of human beings, there are no more in the Mediterranean – said Salvini – and I can say that if they do not change the rules of some international and naval missions, we could even do without these missions “.

Thousands protest in Piazza San Babila – Meanwhile, Milan in favor of reception and integration met in Piazza San Babila as a sign of protest. Some thousands of people took part in the Europe without walls rally, organized by the same organizations that promoted the great integration table held in the city in June. Political parties have also joined the parade, such as the Democratic Party, Liberi e Uguali and Possible, Anpi, trade unions starting from the CGIL, student groups, as well as the Sentinels of Milan, which are among the organizers.

Source: Il Fatto Quotidiano

Archaeologists found in Pompeii the skeleton of a man fleeing from the fury of the Volcano

The man, probably limping, was killed by a boulder hurled at high speed by the force of the eruption that practically beheaded him.

The chest crushed by a large block of stone, the body thrown back by the powerful pyroclastic flow, in a desperate attempt to escape from the eruptive fury. It is in this dramatic position that emerges the first victim of the site of the new excavations of the Royal V.

Weird Italy skeleton-pompeii-001 Archaeologists found in Pompeii the skeleton of a man fleeing from the fury of the Volcano Italian History Latest Italian News and Videos  Pompeii campania archeology   The discovery took place in the area of ​​the new excavations, the Regio V, right on the corner between the Vicolo dei Balconi (the road that the team from the Pompeii Archaeological Park has just unearthed) and the Silver Wedding alley. “We found it in a place where there was a widening and perhaps a fountain – says Osanna – a slice of ground still covered with a considerable layer of pyroplastic material”.

The earth had partially collapsed on him, so that explains why it was not possible to reconstruct the features using the plaster cast technique. It was possible, however, to make other casts all around the skeleton. And they served to understand how dramatic the last moments of this man must have been: a pyroplastic cloud fell on him “with it debris, pieces of iron, tree trunks, pieces of road”.

Weird Italy skeleton-pompeii-003 Archaeologists found in Pompeii the skeleton of a man fleeing from the fury of the Volcano Italian History Latest Italian News and Videos  Pompeii campania archeology   The first analyzes performed by the anthropologist, during the excavation, identify an adult man aged over 30 years. The presence of lesions at the tibia level shows a bone infection, which may have been the cause of significant difficulties in walking, such as to prevent the man from escaping the first dramatic signs that preceded the eruption itself. Weird Italy skeleton-pompeii-004 Archaeologists found in Pompeii the skeleton of a man fleeing from the fury of the Volcano Italian History Latest Italian News and Videos  Pompeii campania archeology   Weird Italy skeleton-pompeii-005 Archaeologists found in Pompeii the skeleton of a man fleeing from the fury of the Volcano Italian History Latest Italian News and Videos  Pompeii campania archeology

Source: MIBACT


Two Of Frankie Dettori’s Finest Moments

Frankie Dettori is arguably the most famous jockey in the world of horse racing.

The 47-year-old has claimed over 500 victories in class races during his illustrious career, with a pinnacle moment emerging in 1996 at British Champions’ Day at Ascot when he rode all seven winners at the event. Dettori has been named British flat racing Champion Jockey three times, although his last crown came in the 2004 season.

The Italian remains one of the elite jockeys in the sport even due to his advancing years, reeling off an impressive win at Prix de l’Arc Triomphe guiding the impressive filly Enable to victory. Dettori has produced a series of outstanding performances and we hope to see the same from the competitors in the Gold Cup this year with a number of fine horses considered strong contenders on Oddschecker among leading bookmakers.We’ll now break down Dettori’s best performances that those competitors will be determined to emulate next year.

Enable – Prix de l’Arc Triomphe 2017

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Source: Equidia_Live via Twitter

Dettori was handed the reins to Enable for the 2017 season by trainer John Gosden. The bay filly had a win and a third-place finish under her belt before passing into the charge of Dettori. The three-year-old was not considered the favourite for the Cheshire Oaks, but she put forward a fine performance to secure the win in her Class One debut.

Enable then secured further triumphs at the Oaks and the Irish Oaks before competing at the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes. She defeated a number of quality competitors to claim the crown by five lengths. Enable then ended the English flat season with another fine win at the Yorkshire Oaks.

The pressure was on Dettori, Gosden and their charge at Chantilly for the l’Arc after being named the favourite for the event. In her first outing on French soil, Enable was outstanding with Dettori guiding the horse through the field before cantering down the stretch to win by a comfortable margin. The bay filly was dominant and Dettori ensured that he filled his potential.

Golden Horn – The Derby 2015

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Dettori enjoyed similar success two years earlier with Golden Horn. The trainer was once again Gosden and the bay colt made a strong start to his Class One career with a victory at Newmarket in the Feilden Stakes. Dettori was not in action as the horse won the Dante Stakes in York, but returned to the saddle for one of the most prestigious races in the flat calendar.

Golden Horn rose to the occasion at Epsom to deliver a brilliant display, surging through the field towards the end of the meet to beat out Jack Hobbs by two-and-a-half lengths. Although it was not the cleanest of rides on the bay colt, Dettori and his charge were clinical to secure the victory.

He was not able to keep the winning run going at the International Stakes at York, losing out by a neck to rank outsider Arabian Queen. However, the bay colt restored his reputation with triumphs at the Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l’Arc Triomphe at Longchamp, although his career ended with a narrow loss at the Breeders’ Cup. The performance at Epsom still stands out at it was such a fine display so early into his Class One career over a talented field.

Italian minister – Investing more will help West tackle growing populism

BERLIN (Reuters) – Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on Wednesday that boosting investment would help western democracies counteract growing populism.

Speaking at a conference hosted by the German Economy Ministry in Berlin, Calenda also said Europe needed to come up with a system that would protect against unfair trade.

He said it was necessary to set up a system to protect against takeovers from countries that are not market economies and to expand free trade agreements in a balanced way.

(Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Joseph Nasr)

Topic: growing populism in West, unfair trade

Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study

ALBA, Italy (Reuters) – The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella.

Italian confectionery firm Ferrero has taken a public stand in defense of an ingredient that some other food companies in the country are boycotting. It has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public about the safety of Nutella, its flagship product which makes up about a fifth of its sales.

The hazelnut and chocolate spread, one of Italy’s best-known food brands and a popular breakfast treat for children, relies on palm oil for its smooth texture and shelf life. Other substitutes, such as sunflower oil, would change its character, according to Ferrero.

“Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward,” Ferrero’s purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella told Reuters. He features in a TV commercial aired in Italy over the past three months that has drawn criticism from some politicians.

Any move away from palm oil would also have economic implications as it is the cheapest vegetable oil, costing around $800 a ton, compared with $845 for sunflower oil and $920 for rapeseed oil, another possible substitute.

Ferrero uses about 185,000 tonnes of palm oil a year, so replacing it with those substitutes could cost the firm an extra $8-22 million annually, at those prices. The company declined to comment on these calculations.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in May that palm oil generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. It did not, however, recommend consumers stop eating it and said further study was needed to assess the level of risk.

The detailed research into the contaminant – known as GE – was commissioned by the European Commission in 2014 after an EFSA study the year before, into substances generated during industrial refining, identified it as being potentially harmful.

EFSA does not have the power to make regulations, though the issue is under review by the European Commission. The spokesman for Health and Food Safety, Enrico Brivio, said guidance would be issued by the end of this year. Measures could include regulations to limit the level of GE in food products, but there will not be a ban on the use of palm oil, he added.

The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization flagged the same potential risk that EFSA had warned of regarding GE, but did not recommend consumers stop eating palm oil. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has not banned the use of palm oil in food.

The issue became a hot consumer topic in Italy after the largest supermarket chain, Coop, boycotted palm oil in all its own-brand products following the EFSA study, describing the move as a “precaution”. Italy’s biggest baker, Barilla, also eliminated it and put “palm oil-free” labels on its wares.

The retailers’ decisions followed pressure from activists, including Italy’s main farming association Coldiretti and online food magazine Il Fatto Alimentare, which called on all food firms to stop using palm oil.

High temperatures are used to remove palm oil’s natural red color and neutralize its smell, but Ferrero says it uses an industrial process that combines a temperature of just below 200C and extremely low pressure to minimize contaminants.

The process takes longer and costs 20 percent more than high-temperature refining, Ferrero told Reuters. But it said this had allowed it to bring GE levels so low that scientific instruments find it hard to trace the chemical.

“The palm oil used by Ferrero is safe because it comes from freshly squeezed fruits and is processed at controlled temperatures,” Tapella says in the TV ad, which was filmed at the firm’s factory in the northern town of Alba and was accompanied by full-page ads in newspapers carrying the same message.

EFSA declined to comment on the possible risks of refining palm oil at lower temperatures.


Ferrero is by no means the only big European food firm to keep using palm oil in its products since the EFSA report. The likes of Unilever and Nestle use it in products including chocolate, snacks and margarine.

The two companies said they were monitoring the contaminant issue and were working with their suppliers to keep GE at lowest possible levels.

Ferrero is the only big European food company to mount such a public defense of the use of the ingredient in its products following the EFSA opinion.

The company told Reuters it carried out “hundreds of thousands of tests” on contaminants in both the palm oil it uses and finished products.

Retail sales of Nutella in Italy fell by about 3 percent in the 12 months to the end of August, which Ferrero partly blamed on rivals promoting products as palm oil-free.

To address consumer concern the company launched its advertising campaign in September and says it is now showing results.

Nutella sales in Italy rose 4 percent in the last four months of 2016, said Alessandro D’Este, the head of Ferrero’s Italy business.

Global Nutella sales have been unaffected by the EFSA opinion and are growing at 5-6 percent annually, the company said. Family owned Ferrero, which is not publicly listed, did not disclose its sales for Europe outside its home market.

The group ended its fiscal year to August with total revenue of 10 billion euros ($10.5 billion), of which around 2 billion euros came from Nutella sales.


EFSA’s 284-page study comes on top of environmental concerns that have dogged the palm oil industry for several years. Green groups have accused the industry of causing deforestation.

Several firms using the ingredient, including Ferrero, say they buy palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which works with producers to reduce the negative impacts of cultivation on the environment.

Tapella told Reuters that Nutella had contained palm oil since its creation in the 1960s and that the group relied only on palm plantations certified as sustainable.

Ferrero’s advertising campaign has drawn some political fire.

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which is running neck-and-neck with the ruling Democratic Party in opinion polls, has asked the Italian advertising authority to block Ferrero’s campaign and fine it for misleading consumers on both health and environmental risks.

A spokeswoman for the advertising authority said it had yet to decide whether to reject the 5-Star complaint or take measures against Ferrero, adding that the process could take several more weeks.

The palm oil industry, dominated by producers in Malaysia and Indonesia, believes Ferrero is playing an important role in addressing what it regards as misconceptions among consumers.

“It is good that Ferrero has clarified that the palm oil they use is safe and sustainable,” said Yusof Basiron, chief executive of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

He said Malaysian producers had not suffered any impact on their European exports after the EFSA opinion. The Indonesian Palm Oil Association also said there had been no impact

By Francesca Landini and Giancarlo Navach

(Additional reporting by Emily Chow in Kuala Lumpur, Paul Sandle in London and Silke Koltrowitz in Zurich; Editing by Mark Bendeich and Pravin Char)

Italian PM unveils new government, but centre-right ally threatens to quit

ROME (Reuters) – Newly appointed Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni unveiled his government on Monday, keeping almost all the outgoing ministers in place in a sign of continuity aimed at reassuring financial markets.

However, a small centre-right party that had supported the previous premier Matteo Renzi, said it might not back the new government, raising doubts over whether Gentiloni will have the numbers in parliament to form a majority.

In a rapid transfer of power from Renzi, who quit last week after losing a Dec. 4 referendum on constitutional reform, Gentiloni took just a day to put together his team of ministers.

Among those reconfirmed in their post was Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, who is overseeing Treasury efforts to prevent Italy’s third largest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, from collapsing under the weight of bad loans.

Many other key ministers, including those overseeing the defence, industry, health and justice portfolios, remained unchanged, with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) maintaining the lions’ share of positions.

Gentiloni was foreign minister in the last administration and he passed the job over to Angelino Alfano, previously interior minister.

The new cabinet is due to be sworn in later in the day, opening the way for confidence votes in both houses of parliament this week, formally allowing Gentiloni to take office at the head of Italy’s 64th government in just 70 years.

However, the vote in the highly fragmented upper house Senate was thrown into doubt when Denis Verdini, head of the small Liberal-Popular Alliance for Autonomies party (ALA), said his group would not back Gentiloni in parliament if his group was not sufficiently represented in the new cabinet.

Renzi relied upon the support of Verdini, who used to be one of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s closest advisers.

ALA and its sister party Civic Choice, have 18 senators. They might deprive Gentiloni of a majority if they all vote against him. If, however they abstain, the new government should be able to take office.

Assuming he passes this hurdle, one of Gentiloni’s main tasks will be to draw up a new electoral law. If this reform is completed quickly it could open the way to an election in the first half of 2017, a year ahead of schedule.

Italy has different electoral laws for its two chambers and the president has said they need to be harmonised to try to make sure a solid government can emerge from the next ballot.

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement is pushing for a rapid reform and a vote as soon as possible. Renzi also wants an early election, hoping to steam-roller critics within his PD and present himself as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.

“The next election, presumably in June, will be held with a proportional voting system,” Renzi said in an interview with

By Crispian Balmer and Antonella Cinell
(Additional reporting by Isla Binnie and Steve Scherer; Editing by Gavin Jones)

The Italian Army during WWI

Italy was officially a member of the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary. Despite this, in the years before the war, Italy had enhanced its diplomatic efforts towards the United Kingdom and France.

This was because the Italian government had grown convinced that support of Austria (the traditional enemy of Italy during the 19th century Risorgimento) would not gain Italy the territories it wanted: Trieste, Istria, Zara and Dalmatia, all Austrian possessions. In fact, a secret agreement signed with France in 1902 sharply conflicted with Italy’s membership in the Triple Alliance.

A few days after the outbreak of the war, on 3 August 1914, the government, led by the conservative Antonio Salandra, declared that Italy would not commit its troops, maintaining that the Triple Alliance had only a defensive stance and Austria-Hungary had been the aggressor. In reality, both Salandra and the minister of Foreign Affairs, Sidney Sonnino, began to probe which side would grant the best reward for Italy’s entrance in the war. Although the majority of the cabinet (including former Prime Minister Giovanni Giolitti) was firmly against intervention, numerous intellectuals, including Socialists such as Ivanoe Bonomi, Leonida Bissolati, and, since 18 October 1914, Benito Mussolini, declared in favour of intervention, which was then mostly supported by the Nationalist and the Liberal parties.

Pro-interventionist socialists believed that, once that weapons had been distributed to the people, they could have transformed the war into a revolution.

The diplomatic moves led to the London Pact (26 April 1915), signed by Sonnino without the approval of the Italian Parliament. According to the Pact, after victory Italy was to get Trentino and the South Tyrol up to the Brenner Pass, the entire Austrian Littoral (with Trieste), Gorizia and Gradisca (Eastern Friuli) and Istria (but without Fiume), parts of western Carniola (Idrija and Ilirska Bistrica) and north-western Dalmatia with Zara and most of the islands, but without Split. Other agreements concerned the sovereignty of the port of Valona, the province of Antalya in Turkey and part of the German colonies in Africa.

Germany and Austria-Hungary had only advanced the possibility of negotiating parts of the Trentino and Eastern Friuli, without Gorizia and Trieste. The offer of the French protectorate of Tunisia was deemed unsatisfactory.

Under the London Pact, Italy joined the Triple Entente. 3 May 1915 Italy officially revoked the Triple Alliance. In the following days Giolitti and the neutralist majority of the Parliament opposed declaring war, while nationalist crowds demonstrated in public areas for it. (The nationalist poet Gabriele D’Annunzio called this period le radiose giornate di Maggio—”the sunny days of May”). On 13 May Salandra offered his resignation to King Victor Emmanuel III, but Giolitti, fearful of nationalist disorder that might break into open rebellion, declined to succeed as prime minister and Salandra’s resignation was not accepted. On 23 May, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary. This was followed by declarations of war on the Ottoman Empire (21 August 1915, following an ultimatum of 3 August), Bulgaria (19 October 1915) and the German Empire (28 August 1916). [Wikipedia]

Italy PM Renzi to hand in resignation on Friday – parliamentary source

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is due to hand in his resignation on Friday, a parliamentary source said on Wednesday, after a pummelling loss in a national referendum on his flagship reform at the weekend.

The 41-year-old premier announced his resignation in the early hours of Monday after the referendum results became clear, but President Sergio Mattarella asked him to stay on until the 2017 budget passed in a vote scheduled for later on Wednesday.

The source said he did not know whether the premier was delaying his resignation to Friday to authorise measures to rescue troubled Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy’s third-biggest lender.

“Renzi’s resignation is expected to be on Friday,” the parliamentary source said.

(Reporting by Francesca Piscioneri, writing by Steve Scherer, editing by Isla Binnie)

Matteo Renzi quits after losing reform referendum

Renzi, the Italian prime minister, quits after losing the constitutional referendum.

“No” vote won. Renzi: “I lost”. “No” is clearly ahead in exit polls of constitutional referendum. According to the fourth exit poll, the Yes is at 40-42% and No at 58-60%.

Immediate reactions: Matteo Salvini, leader of the populistic party Northern League exults “Great victory, Renzi should resign,” he said. Renato Brunetta is of the same opinion: “If the data of exit polls are confirmed, this is a great victory of the No and Renzi should resign,” tweeted the leader of Forza Italia.