AIIMS RANSOMWARE ATTACK’

  1. Based on current analysis by stakeholders concerned, about 1.3 terabyte data were encrypted in the recent ransomware attack on the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIIMS) information technology network by unknown threat actors, according to the government.
  2. In a written response to the question of Rajya Sabha member John Brittas, Minister of State For Electronics And Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Friday said upon being informed about the cybersecurity incident, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) had done an evaluation.
  3. “As per the analysis, servers were compromised in the information technology network of the AIIMS by unknown threat actors due to improper network segmentation, which caused operational disruption due to non-functionality of critical applications. CERT-In and other stakeholder entities have advised necessary remedial measures,” said the reply.
  4. “Based on current analysis by concerned stakeholders, five servers of the AIIMS were affected and approximately 1.3 terabytes of data were encrypted,” it said.
  5. Chandrasekhar said CERT-In, which is mandated to track and monitor cybersecurity incidents in India, had issued a special advisory on security practices to enhance resilience of health sector entities, which had been communicated to the Health Ministry for sensitising health sector entities regarding the latest cybersecurity threats.
  6. Replying to another question, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar said all the data for e-Hospital had been retrieved from a backup server and restored on new servers.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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