Hackers demand Rs 200cr in cryptocurrency from AIIMS-Delhi as server remains down for 6th day

Official sources were cited as claiming that the hackers had allegedly demanded a ransom payment of approximately Rs 200 crore in cryptocurrencies.

Hackers demand Rs 200cr in cryptocurrency from AIIMS-Delhi as server remains down for 6th day
Delhi AIIMS

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, the nation's leading medical school, has had its servers down for six days in a row in what authorities are calling a "act of cyber terrorism." On Monday, official sources were cited as claiming that the hackers had allegedly demanded a ransom payment of approximately Rs 200 crore in cryptocurrencies.

It is feared that the attack may have exposed the private and medical information of 3–4 crore patients. The morning of November 23 saw the discovery of the AIIMS Delhi cyberattack. The personnel at the top medical institute has been forced to manually manage patient services like emergency, outpatient, inpatient, and laboratory due to the server being down for almost a week.

A team from the Delhi Police, the Home Ministry, and the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) are investigating the ransomware attack . On November 25, a case of cyberterrorism and extortion was reported to the Delhi Police's Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit. According to government sources, the investigation agency recommended blocking access to the internet on computers at the medical institute. The AIIMS server also houses the data of numerous VIPs, such as previous ministers, judges, and bureaucrats.

The e-hospital servers at AIIMS, which are required for the provision of medical services, are being scanned and cleaned by a team from the National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Additionally, sanitization of the AIIMS network is ongoing. Server and computer antivirus programs are available. Out of 5,000 machines, around 1,200 had it installed. The report claimed that 20 out of 50 servers had been inspected, and that this work is happening around-the-clock.

"It will probably take another five days for the network to be completely cleaned. Following that, e-hospital services can be implemented gradually. Services for patient care, such as emergency, outpatient, inpatient, laboratory, etc., are still provided in manual form "that source stated.

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