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AIIMS Cyberattack Row : Servers Down for 7 Days in a Row, Hackers Demand Rs 200 Crores in Crypto


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).

The AIIMS servers continue to remain down for the sixth day in row, with new reports claiming hackers demanding Rs 200 crores in cryptocurrency. AIIMS, the country’s government-run institute, is in a digital purgatory, with its e-hospital services continue to be on hold due to the alleged cyberattack. From patient’s database, to day-to-day activities which were streamlined thanks to e-services, to OPD registrations, to health records, everything has been in a state of disarray since the last seven days.

On Monday, Press Trust of India quoted sources claiming that hackers have demanded Rs 200 crores in cryptocurrency to let the website and the hospital’s e-services function like it did a week ago. After the report of Rs 200 crore demand emerged, the Delhi police claimed that there has bene no ransom demand and the IB, Delhi Police, and Ministry of Home Affairs, are working together to probe the matter.

For the unversed, AIIMS servers contain data of as many as 4 crore patients. Due to its legacy, the hospital has served former ministers, political leaders, influential celebrities, and their data too is reportedly at risk of being either lost, or worse, going to organizations or entities with malice.

Following the attack, the outpatient, inpatient, laboratory, emergency services, were shifted to being managed manually.