COVID-19 vaccine portal for Italy’s Lazio region hit with cyberattack

The government of Lazio, Italy took to Facebook this weekend to notify residents of a cyberattack that hit the region’s portal for COVID-19 vaccinations and other IT systems. 

In a translation of the message posted to the official Lazio government Facebook page, officials said a “powerful” attack had hit the region’s databases on Sunday and that all systems are disabled, including the Salute Lazio portal and the system that managed the COVID-19 vaccine bookings.

They added that vaccination operations may experience delays because of the attack. Government officials did not say if it was a ransomware attack. 

Nicola Zingaretti, president of the Lazio Region, also took to Facebook to let residents know that they still have not identified the people behind the attack but he noted that the attack was “of criminal origin.”

Zingaretti explained that the initial attack took place on Saturday night into Sunday morning and that it “blocked almost all of the files in the data center.”

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