“We are victims of a criminal offensive, probably the most serious that has ever taken place in the territory of our country,” warns the president of this Italian region
“We are undergoing a terrorist matrix attack. We are victims of a criminal offensive, probably the most serious that has ever taken place in the territory of our country. The situation is very serious and very serious. The words used this Monday by Nicola Zingaretti, president of Lazio, the second most populated Italian region and where the capital, Rome is located, could make one think that he was talking about a bloody attack, but in this case there was no need to mourn the deaths or injuries, at least directly. The victim was the computer system of the regional administration, which has suffered several cyberattacks since last Saturday night that have blocked its data center, thus paralyzing the reservation service for medical benefits and vaccination against covid-19.
Although Zingaretti assured that there were no difficulties in health emergencies or in hospitals, at the end of Monday it was still not possible to access many of the regional administration’s web pages, including its institutional portal and the specific site of the campaign. vaccination. «The health database of our region is secure. It has been saved and is clean from the cyberattack, as has also happened with other data. They have failed to steal the data and we are now trying to reactivate the health services as soon as possible, ”said Zingaretti. The computer system may not return to normal until the middle of the month at the earliest, as acknowledged by the Minister of Health of Lazio, Alessio D’Amato. Despite the difficulties, the authorities encouraged citizens to report to the vaccination centers where they have reserved this benefit. There are more than half a million people who plan to receive an injection against covid-19 in Lazio until August 13.
Technicians from the regional administration explained that “almost the entire virtual world of our facilities” had been affected by the cyberattack, which would have started from abroad. Hackers would have used the profile of one of the network administrators to allegedly activate a ‘ransomware’ virus, which encrypts data, usually demanding a ransom in exchange for removing this restriction. The Rome Prosecutor’s Office and the Postal Police have opened an investigation to try to clarify who is behind the attack and how they managed to access the keys of one of the administrators. “All the hypotheses are being considered by the investigators,” said Zingaretti, assuring that at the moment no ransom demand had been received to end the attack. He clarified that in any case “we are not dealing with those who are attacking us.”
Ranieri Razzante, advisor on cybersecurity at the Defense Ministry, ruled out that those responsible were anti-vaccine groups, as some Italian media speculated. “I think this is a warning from a serious organization. It is an attack that has an advertisement effect, criminals want to make their voice heard, “Razzante said in statements to the Adnkronos agency.