The object of the attack, Nunziata explains, “is mainly, but not exclusively, the software of the analysis laboratories
The authors of the ransomware-type computer attack against the computer system of the Luigi Vanvitelli university hospital in Naples could be part of a group of Chinese hackers. The hypothesis is based on the type of email address provided by the attacker to invite the technicians of the Aou Vanvitelli to request information on how to get back the data which it is presumed to have been stolen.
The first technical malfunction detected on the computer platform of the Aou Vanvitelli dates back to Saturday 1st July. Between Saturday and Sunday the technicians worked to get the platform back on its feet but, when this happened on Monday afternoon, they realized that it was not a technical failure, but a real cyber attack.
“When we were finally able to see the files, we discovered that they were encrypted”, explains the IT manager of Aou Vanvitelli, Giuseppe Nunziata to Adnkronos. The technicians did not find an explicit blackmail request “but a simple email address to which the attacker assumes that we send requests to understand how to get the data back. Which obviously will not happen”.
With the support of the Postal Police and the National Cybersecurity Agency, the technicians are now working to identify the causes of the attack, put the damaged infrastructure back on its feet and attempt to recover the data which currently appears encrypted, and for the which there is no certainty that they were stolen.
The object of the attack, Nunziata explains, “is mainly, but not exclusively, the software of the analysis laboratories. This does not mean that the analysis laboratories are at a standstill, but – she underlines – at the moment they are proceeding at a very low speed, in a pseudo manual”.