Illegal App Renders 80% of Bicycles Out of Use in Bologna, Italy

July 6, 2024


A pirated app caused the bike-sharing service in Bologna to crash putting most of the bikes out of service. The illegal platform compromised the functioning of the bike sharing service, rendering 80% of the available bikes unusable.

The application in question was available online and allowed users to bypass the security systems of the bike sharing service, unlocking bicycles without the need for a regular subscription or payments. This breach created a significant disservice for the many users who rely on bike sharing for their daily travel around the city.

Incident Date

June 30, 2024



Estimated Cost

Unknown, 80% of bicycles unavailable for a period


No victims identified

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified