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Ransomware attack halts regional Covid vaccination appointments

On early Sunday morning the Lazio region in Italy suffered a reported ransomware attack that has disabled the region’s IT systems, including the COVID-19 vaccination registration portal.

The attack has encrypted almost every file in its data centre and disrupted its IT network, leading to severe delays for vaccination appointments.

In June, Italy instituted a new ‘Green Pass’ certificate system that allows people to prove that they have been vaccinated.

A massive surge in registrations since the announcement of the Green Pass policy has raised concerns that the disruption to the online COVID-19 vaccination portal will have wider consequences for the region.

Sources have told BleepingComputer that the cyber attack on Lazio was conducted by a ransomware operation known as RansomEXX.

Jason Davies

I am one of the editors here at I am a UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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