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Servers down in Nato countries

by on06 February 2023

No one Russian to identify the perpetrators

The weekend saw two massive internet outages – one was a global hack of VM servers, and the other was a problem with an Italian telco which shut down most of the country.

The Computer Security Incident Response Team Italy (Csirt-IT) of the National Cybersecurity Agency, Acn, has detected a massive attack using ransomware already in circulation.

This attack targeted VMware ESXi servers and the first to notice it were the French, probably due to the large number of infections recorded on the systems of some providers in France.

Subsequently, the wave of attacks moved to other countries, including Italy. A few thousand servers worldwide were compromised with Finland and Italy being the worst hit. Servers in North America, Canada and the United States were also found to have the problem.

Everything was up and running five hours ago but there were still some exposed servers which could not be traced to their owners

The second incident focused on Italy where at one point only a quarter of the country had Internet access. Reuters confirmed "internet outages and glitches" across Italy on Sunday but in that case it was just a networking stuff up on an "international link." 

"An international interconnection problem impacting the service at the national level was detected. Analyses are underway to resolve the problem," a Telecom Italia (TIM) spokesperson said.

Italy's ANSA News agency reported there are no signs yet that hackers were responsible for the widespread outage and everything was working this morning.


Last modified on 06 February 2023
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