Hackers Pwn System For Booking COVID-19 Shots In Italy

Hackers have pwned the IT systems of the company that manages COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the Lazio region surrounding Rome, the regional government said on Sunday:

“A powerful hacker attack on the region’s CED (database) is under way,” the region said in a Facebook posting. It said all systems had been deactivated, including those of the region’s health portal and vaccination network, and warned the inoculation programme could suffer a delay. “It is a very powerful hacker attack, very serious… everything is out. The whole regional CED is under attack,” Lazio region’s health manager Alessio D’Amato said.

This is another example of why every organization needs strong defenses against hackers, and those defenses are effectively mandatory. Given the times that we live in, this attack can have far reaching consequences for those who are affected by this. And that’s not at all cool. Thus it’s time that every organization step up their game when it comes to cybersecurity.

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