Hackers have attacked the IT systems of the company that manages COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the Lazio region in Italy and prevented residents from making appointments.
“A hacker attack on the regional data center is underway… all defense and verification operations are ongoing to avoid prolonging the cut in services,” said the Lazio Twitter account.
Lazio Regional Health Commissioner Alessio D’Amato said that the attack began just after midnight and that by early Sunday evening, the booking site was still down.
D’Amato added that those scheduled to receive the vaccine on Sunday would still get the injection, but would take some time because all record-keeping would be done manually.
Italian daily Corriere Della Sera reported that a virus had paralyzed the IT infrastructure, but the stored personal data remained safe.
Italy’s postal police and Rome prosecutors are aware of the incident and could open an investigation to find out who is responsible.
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