April 16, 2024

Italy warns about large-scale server ransomware attack

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This could be one of the largest cyber attacks in recent years – thousands of servers impacted worldwide.

Fiber optic server network equipment - illustrative photo.

Fiber optic server network equipment – illustrative photo. Image credit: verkeorg via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

The news about the ongoing incident was announced by Italian National Cybersecurity Agency (ACN) today. Representatives of this institution also warned other organizations to take necessary preventive actions in order to ensure the security of their computer systems and networks.

This cyberattack apparently exploits an existing server software vulnerability. According to ACN, reports indicate that ransomware attack was detected in several other European countries, including France and Finland. Similar reports were received from the United States and Canada.

The precise number of compromised machines is not known. Reuters noted that in Italy, dozens of organizations have been affected. Many more are taking necessary steps to avoid the lockdown of their computers.