AIIMS-Delhi Server Down, Suspected To Be Ransomware Attack: Report

AIIMS-Delhi Server Down, Suspected To Be Ransomware Attack: Report

New Delhi: The National Informatics Centre team working on the reported server failure at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, suspected it to be a ransomware attack, news agency ANI reported.

As per the report, the server is down since 7 am and as of 7:30pm, the hospital services are running on manual mode.

Cyber security incident at AIIMS | National Informatics Centre team working at AIIMS suspects it to be a ransomware attack. As of 7:30 pm hospital services are running on manual mode: AIIMS

— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2022

“With the server being down, the OPD and sample collection were handled manually but the sample system for those who do not have a Unique Health Identification were affected,” news agency PTI quoted an official source as saying.

As each sample collected requires a barcode for tracking, the hospital server going down has led to very few samples being collected, the official added.

The administration has been holding meetings with the IT department and the NIC since the afternoon to resolve the cyber security issue.

Measures are being taken to restore the digital services and support is being sought from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and NIC, AIIMS said in the statement.

As per the AIIMS website, the hospital was established in the national capital in the year 1956, as an institution of national importance to serve as a nucleus for the development of excellence in all aspects of the healthcare system in India.

The website further says that a computer facility was launched in the institute in 1978 as a unit in the Department of Biophysics. At this point, computerisation was on a small scale and was catering only to biophysics.

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“In 1987, the institute decided to augment the facility and it became operational on a full scale in January 1989. This facility is engaged in teaching, research, thesis guidance and computerisation of patient care activities,” the website says.