The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has received a demand from a group of hackers for an estimated Rs 200 crore in cryptocurrency as a result of the server’s continued dysfunction for the sixth day in a row.
When and what learned about the hack
According to sources, the hack discovered on Wednesday of last week could have affected the data of close to 3 to 4 crore patients.
As the server remains down, the AIIMS is apparently managing critical emergency services, outpatient, inpatient, patient care, and laboratory wings manually.
A unit from the Delhi Police, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) are looking into the ransomware attack on the nation’s top medical centre.
On November 25, the Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit filed a case of cyberterrorism and extortion against hackers for interfering with AIIMS services and hacking its server.
- On the advice of the investigative agencies, internet services are reportedly prohibited on computers functioning inside the hospital, according to official sources.
- Data on prominent people and VVIPs, including previous prime ministers, bureaucrats, judges, ministers, and other civil service employees, can be found on the AIIMS server.
AIIMS network sanitization
The NIC e-hospital database and application servers for e-hospitals have since been restored by authorities. According to details provided in media reports, the NIC team is presently working to scan and clear infection from AIIMS-located e-hospital servers that are necessary for the provision of medical services.
For the purpose of restoring e-hospital services for databases and applications, the team set up four physical servers.
AIIMS network sanitization is happening concurrently. Nearly 1,200 out of 5,000 PCs have already been sanitised, while servers and computers are continuously fed with antivirus software. The insider claimed that 20 out of 50 servers had been inspected, and that this work is happening around-the-clock.
“The network will probably need to be completely cleaned out for five more days. Following that, e-hospital services can be introduced gradually. Patient care services, such as emergency, outpatient, inpatient, laboratory, etc., are still provided manually, a source was quoted as saying in a media report.
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