There are also agents of the US FBI and those of Europol, the European center for cybercrime, to collaborate with the Postal Police in the investigation of the Rome prosecutor’s office on the hacker attack suffered by the Lazio Region. In the file, the crimes hypothesized are those of unauthorized access to the computer system, attempted extortion and damage to computer systems. All aggravated by the purpose of terrorism.
Lazio region hacker attack, PC used by his son the night before
In fact, the investigations, in addition to clarifying the origin of the attack, also aim at verifying any similarities of computer intrusions with cryptolocker ransomware that took place in Italy and also abroad. According to what is learned, the hackers would have violated the account of an employee who worked in smartworking and through this they would have reached that of a network administrator. As the Corriere della Sera writes, it was discovered that the computer of the regional employee of Frosinone in smart working would be kept open during the night. “Before listening to it, the Postal Police wants to go back to the people responsible for the ransomware that hit the Lazio Regional Ced: it is essential to understand if this person was involved in fraud or simply imprudence. In the first case, the employee in smart working could end up in the list of suspects “, explains the Corriere.
Hacker attack, the malware countdown has been activated: 72-hour ultimatum
Meanwhile, the countdown of the malware that hit the database, encrypting millions of data, not just health data, was activated yesterday. “It is not excluded that an internal virus timer linked to the ransomware containing the ransom note may have been triggered, as always happens in this kind of computer intrusion. The hackers would have launched a 72-hour ultimatum after which it is not yet clear what could happen “, explains the Corriere who adds that” there are fears that the data encrypted by criminals may be lost forever, as well as that inside the file there may be instructions for the payment of the ransom “.
Hacker attacks, 400% increase in 2021
“Zero risk does not exist. But a modern country must equip itself with all the measures to counter cyber attacks knowing that hackers can be a step forward. It is like a horizon that is receding, but we must never stop following it”. So to the Corriere della Sera Nunzia Ciardi, director of the Postal Police. “The detected ransomware attacks against national computer systems alone have marked an increase of 400% in the current year. The numbers are eloquent: 36 those detected in 2020, 186 instead in 2021. But there is more: in the 2020 Cnaipic (National Cybercrime Center for the Protection of Critical Infrastructures) issued 83,416 security alerts, in 2021 there are already more than 66,000, in the first case 24,000 referable to ransomware campaigns, which however this year are already 14 thousand “, he added.