The City of Palermo Relies on Arcserve Backup and Recovery Solution Following Ransomware Attack


A quick online search using the string “City of Palermo ransomware attack” yields pages of headlines. Many note that the Vice Society gang was behind the double-extortion ransomware attack. In a double extortion attack, the cybercriminals encrypt data like a typical ransomware attack, extracting payment from victims to get it back. It adds insult to injury by exfiltrating and exposing sensitive data and demanding further payment. This attack vector is becoming much more common, with the number of double extortion attack victims growing by 935 percent in 2021.

The attack on Palermo in June brought down its “entire telematic infrastructure,” according to a translated release issued by the city. That included all of its workstations at its various municipal offices, completely interrupting all city services, including police operations and public video surveillance management.

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