The malicious software is also said to have been installed in France and Finland.
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Thousands of computer servers around the world have been the target of a ransomware hack, according to reports from the Reuters news agency and the Italian broadcaster Rai.
Accordingly, Italy's National Agency for Cybersecurity (ACN) informed about the attack on Sunday and warned organizations to take measures to protect their systems.
The hacker attack attempted to exploit a software vulnerability, ACN CEO Roberto Baldoni said, according to Reuters.
It's a massive attack.
Italian news agency ANSA, citing ACN, reported that servers in other European countries, such as France and Finland, as well as the United States and Canada, had also been attacked.
Ransomware is malicious software that can be used, for example, to block access to computers and encrypt files.
Italian customers with internet problems
According to the report, customers of Telecom Italia had already reported internet problems on Sunday.
According to Rai, the Italian communications group Tim also announced that there were technical problems.
Connection problems with the international networks have caused the Internet to fail again and again, both the fixed network and the cell phone network have been affected.
The organization Netblocks reported that the connection rate had temporarily dropped to 26 percent of normal levels.