Western Europe

Hackers deactivate system for booking COVID-19 jabs in Lazio, Italy

15:51, 01 August 2021
Hackers deactivate system for booking COVID-19 jabs in Lazio, Italy Photo: pixabay.com

Hackers have carried out an attack on an Italian company that manages the COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the Lazio region on Sunday, according to the regional government.


“A powerful hacker attack on the region’s CED (database) is under way,” the region said on Facebook.

The attackers have shut down all the systems of the company, so the injection programme could be significantly delayed.

“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.

Italy’s police and Rome prosecutors are in search of the reason for the attack and aim at opening an investigation to find out who is the initiator of the cybercrime.

The streets of Italian cities were recently filled with protestors amid the official announcement that proof of vaccination or immunity from COVID-19 would become mandatory for the majority of activities, as it has been in France.