Tax Office in Italy Targeted by Ransomware Attack – LockBit says

Italian authorities have initiated an investigation against the claims made by LockBit ransomware gang that they breached the network of the Italian Internal Revenue Service. LockBit says they stole a hundred GB of data that will be leaked online if the Italian tax agency does not pay a ransom demand until August 1.

The Italian revenue agency disclosed an official statement on its website regarding the alleged theft of data from the tax information system remarking that it requested more information from Sogei SpA, a Ministry of the economy and finance public company that regulates the financial administration‘s technological infrastructure.

“From the technical investigations carried out, searching excludes that a cyberattack on the agency‘s website may have occurred”, the agency remarked.

Sogei’s SpA also manages IT infrastructure used by other Italian organizations including the ministries of justice, interior, and education, the state attorney journal, and the Department of the treasury.

The company also disclosed an official statement on its website saying that it found no evidence of a cyber attack that could impact the Italian revenue agency. Sogei SpA added that it is currently collaborating and supporting an ongoing joint investigation coordinated by the Italian National Cyber Security Agency and the Postal Police.