Italian oil company Eni’s computer networks suffered a cyberattack – and a possible ransomware attack – but the company appeared to have caught it in time, officials said Wednesday.

Eni disclosed a security breach, threat actors gained access to its network, but according to the company the intrusion had minor consequences because it was quickly detected.

“The internal protection systems have detected unauthorized access to the corporate network in recent days,” a spokesperson for the company said.

The state-controlled company is working with authorities to assess the consequences of the attack, the spokesperson added.

Further information on the attack was not immediately available. But, while this is a form of speculation, one report said people familiar with the situation said Eni appeared to be hit by a ransomware attack. If that is the case, it is not clear who was responsible for the breach.

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In addition to this attack, over the weekend, Italy’s energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA suffered a cyberattack. GSE is the government agency that operates the Italian electricity market.


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