Foreign hackers were behind the cyber attack on the website in Lazio, an Italian region including Rome, where all reservations of vaccines against the corona virus have been suspended, officials said on Monday.
When the head of the Italian spy agency was called to address the Parliamentary Security Committee on the incident, regional chief Nikola Zingaretti told a press conference: “The attack is in progress. course and the situation is certainly very serious. “.
The hacking “by an unknown person … from abroad” began on Saturday evening, and vaccination reservations were lost and stopped.
“The attack was very powerful … probably the most serious thing ever launched in our territory”, described the hacker Zingaretti as a “criminal or terrorist”.
All computer servers of the local government in Lazio have been shut down to stop the spread of the virus.
According to local authorities, the attacker used ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts the files of victims.
A Bitcoin ransom is usually required in exchange for the key to decrypt the data.
However, no ransom demand has been made for Lazio’s website, Zingaretti said.
The main impact has been the suspension of future reservations for the Covid-19 vaccine. He said the jab had already been booked until August 13.
According to the authorities, around 66% of the adult population of Lazio is vaccinated.
Nationally, 60% of the Italian population over 12 years of age is fully vaccinated, with a total dose of 68.5 million doses.
In June, the Italian government set up a new cybersecurity agency to tackle a growing number of attacks.
Foreign hackers blame attacks on websites in Roman region
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