AIIMS server down: Chinese hackers suspected; services moved to manual mode and other details

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been hit by a massive ransomware attack. The digital services at the country’s premier healthcare institution have been down since 7am on Wednesday (November 23). Delhi Police has filed an FIR for cyber terrorism and extortion.The FIR has been registered under 66F (cyber terrorism) and 66 (computer related fraud) of the Information Technology Act and section 385 (extortion) at IFSO, special cell.
‘Chinese connection’ likely
“Prima facie, it appears that a weak firewall and outdated systems apart from lack of cloud-based servers made the bid, most probably by Chinese hackers possible,” say officials. Information on whether any significant research or health data has been stolen is not yet available.
AIIMS officials have confirmed that this was a ransomware attack – a type of cyber hacking in which a cyberattacker deployed ransomware or malicious software in the victim’s systems that encrypts the data. The attacker then asks for a “ransom” to restore access for the victim.
Citing sources, a media report said that the extortion amount has not been disclosed by the hackers yet. Furthemore, the cyberattackers have reportedly given a protonmail address for the authorities to connect with them to recover system data and decrypt files. They have reportedly modified the extensions of infected files.
NIC, Cert-In helping to restore services
AIIMS reported the massive cyber attack on Wednesday (November 23) and said that all patient care services have been badly impacted since 7 am. The hospital authorities confirmed that the server for National Informatics Centre‘s eHospital being used is down. National Information Centre (NIC), along with CERT-In, are helping in the restoration of services.
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