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Italian city taken offline by attackers


An attack on the Italian city of Palermo, claimed by Vice Society, has left IT teams rushing to restore essential services. The initial breach happened on 2 June, with the municipal website, internal systems, and data storage affected. The incident was then officially declared as ransomware in the following days, before hacker gang Vice Society claimed responsibility. The gang posted an official notice on their website, in a double-extortion attempt, that they would release stolen personal data if a ransom payment was not received. Since then, IT teams have begun to rebuild the city’s network from backups – with several critical services still affected.