It could have made an entertaining spy movie, if it wasn’t disturbingly real: The Italian police say a brother and sister for years hacked into the phones and computers of the top tiers of Italian society — from high-ranking government officials, to business leaders to Freemasons and even Vatican prelates. On Wednesday, the brother and sister, Giulio Occhionero, 45, and Francesca Maria Occhionero, 49, appeared before a judge here.
They are accused of illegally accessing classified information, and breaching and intercepting information technology systems and data communications.
The police said the charges described an unprecedented cyberattack on prominent Italian institutions and individuals.
Information gleaned from the breaches was stored on servers in the United States, police officials said, and inquiries continue with the assistance of the F.B.I.’s cyberdivision.