Hackers allegedly demanded an estimated Rs 200 crore in cryptocurrency from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, as its server remained inoperable for the sixth day in a row, official sources said on Monday. This information came from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
The data of approximately 3-4 crore patients may have been exposed as a result of the hack discovered early Wednesday morning. According to the sources, the patient care services offered in the emergency, outpatient, inpatient, and laboratory wings of the hospital are being administered manually since the server is still down. An investigation into the ransomware assault is now being conducted by the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), the Delhi Police, and officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
On November 25, the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) section of the Delhi Police Department opened a case involving extortion and cyberterrorism. According to official sources, the internet services on computers located inside the hospital have been disabled as per the recommendations made by the investigative authorities.
The AIIMS server has been used to hold the personal information of a number of high-profile individuals, including previous prime ministers, ministers, bureaucrats, and judges. According to one of the sources, the hackers have reportedly sought roughly Rs 200 crore in cryptocurrencies. This information was provided to PTI.
In the meantime, the NIC e-hospital database as well as the application servers for e-hospital have been brought back online. According to an official source, the network infrastructure control (NIC) team is now scanning and removing infections from other e-hospital servers housed at AIIMS that are necessary for the delivery of hospital services. The databases and applications have been scanned and readied for use on the four physical servers that have been setup for the restoration of e-hospital services.
In addition, the aseptic technique of the AIIMS network is also under way. Antivirus software has been compiled and distributed for use on desktops and servers. It has been put in place on around 1,200 out of 5,000 PCs so far. According to the source, twenty out of the fifty servers have been examined, and this process continues throughout the night.
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