MILAN, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Hackers have attacked and shut down the computer 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 against the region’s CED (database) is underway,” the region said in a Facebook post.
He said all systems had been disabled, including those for the region’s health portal and immunization network, and warned that the immunization program could be delayed.
“This is a very powerful, very serious hacker attack… it all came out. The entire regional CED is under attack, ”said Lazio region health officer Alessio D’Amato.
According to ANSA, Italian postal police and prosecutors in Rome are investigating the case and may open an investigation to find out who is behind the attack.
Italy recently followed France in announcing that proof of vaccination or immunity against COVID-19 would become mandatory for a range of activities.
The move sparked a series of protests across the country against the introduction of the so-called Green Pass which shows people have been vaccinated, tested negative or cured of COVID-19.
Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Toby Chopra
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