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AIIMS Under Cyber Attack: Hackers demand Rs 200 cr in cryptocurrency; authorities probing provenance

AIIMS under Cyber attack: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi’s server was down for the sixth day in a row as hackers have hacked the official website of the hospital and allegedly demanded an estimated Rs 200 crore in cryptocurrencies, according to official sources.

The sources added that while the system is still down, patient care services in the emergency, outpatient, inpatient, and laboratory wings are being managed manually.

The ransomware attack is being looked into by the Delhi Police, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN).

AIIMS under Cyber attack

The Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) division of the Delhi Police has filed a case of extortion and cyberterrorism. On the advice of the investigating agencies, internet access has reportedly been disabled on hospital computers, according to official sources.

The NIC e-hospital database and application servers have been back online in the interim. Other e-hospital servers at AIIMS that are necessary for the provision of hospital services are being scanned and cleaned by the NIC team, according to an official source. The databases and applications on four physical servers that were set up to restore e-hospital services have been scanned and prepared.

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