All posts by Marco Lombardi


Hamas attack in Israel: European security perspectives – by Maria Chr. Alvanou

As the world is watching Hamas attacking Israel in an unprecedent violent terrorist campaign within its borders, it is important to understand that the situation is also a security crisis from a European perspective. The following points show why Hamas actions are dangerous for European security and parameters that need attention in order to prevent and manage the threat created:

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Gang o aggruppamenti predatori urbani? – by Giovanni Giacalone

Cosa c’è dietro il fenomeno delle violente aggressioni a scopo di rapina che sta caratterizzando i grandi centri urbani italiani. Negli ultimi mesi si è parlato molto di aggressioni a scopo di rapina, spesso in pieno giorno e in zone centrali delle grandi aree metropolitane italiane e messe in atto da gang e dalle cosiddette “baby-gang”, termine quest’ultimo che come vedremo risulta quanto meno inappropriato se non errato.

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The Necessary Sanctification of Ryan Palmeter – By Federico Borgonovo & Silvano Rizieri Lucini

On the 26th August 2023, a new far-right terrorist attack occurred in the United States. The attacker, Ryan Palmeter drove to a supermarket in a predominantly African-American neighbourhood and then opened fire with a PSA-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Glock G20. He then committed suicide when the police arrived.  Evidence of the modus operandi adopted emerged from the information gathered in open source. We identified two types of information sources:

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Wagner Digital Ecosystem: what happens after Prigozhin’s Death – By Federico Borgonovo & Giulia Porrino

After the March of Justice, announced on June 23, the evolution of the relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and PMC Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin was discussed at length. On August 23, exactly two months later, one of the private jets on which Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin, considered his right hand, were traveling crashed en route between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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Soccer hooliganism episode in Athens: lessons from a security perspective – by Maria Chr. Alvanou

An episode of hooligan violence, with a 22-year-old man dying from multiple stab wounds took place in Athens, Greece, the night before Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League qualifying soccer match between teams AEK (Greece) and visiting Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia).[1] Additionally to one man violently losing his life, there are 8 people injured (Croatian and Greek) and the clashes were especially violent.

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CounteR Project Newsletter’s Issue #6

CounteR Project Newsletter’s Issue #6 is now released and its full text is available here.
The spring edition marks CounteR’s successful entering into the third year of project implementation and provides insights from the fourth consortium meeting, held in Toulouse – France. In Issue #6, we continue presenting the scientific publications, authored by consortium members. Notably, ICON’s CEO Ian Castillo gives a special interview, in which he talks about CounteR’s scientific and technological advantages that contribute to making Europe a safer place.
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The previous issues of the CounteR newsletter can be found here: Issue #5Issue #4, Issue #3, Issue #2, and Issue #1.
Thе CounteR Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101021607. 


Gli arresti di nove Latin Kings a Milano: i preoccupanti legami con i leader in Ecuador e la mafia albanese – by Giovanni Giacalone

Il 19 aprile 2023 un’operazione della Polizia di Stato, coordinata dalla Procura di Milano, ha portato all’arresto di nove appartenenti alla pandilla sudamericana “Latin Kings”, fazione “Chicago”, tutti tra i 20 e i 36 anni e accusati di associazione a delinquere, tentato omicidio, lesioni personali, rissa, danneggiamento, furto aggravato e lancio pericoloso di oggetti. Continue reading


Terrorist plot in Greece reported to be thwarted: first comments on operational questions – by Maria Chr. Alvanou

Greek law enforcement authorities have announced that they have dismantled a terror network planning to conduct attacks in Greece[1].  According to media reporting on the subject, 2 men of Pakistani origin have been arrested as part of a terror network whose head is also Pakistani organizing the criminal activities from Iran. Continue reading


Guerra cibernetica e guerra russo-ucraina: la disinformazione. Conferenza on line il 16 marzo 2023 – 10:00

Guerra cibernetica e guerra russo-ucraina: la disinformazione.

Conferenza on line il 16 marzo 2023 ore 10:00 con la partecipazione del Generale Alexander Potity del SSSCIP-State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine e Head of the Department of Security of Information Systems and Technologies. Place: MS Teams platform: Continue reading