AIIMS Delhi Hit by Cyber Attack for Second Time in a Year
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi faced a new cyberattack on Monday. The premier medical institution promptly responded, successfully foiling the malware attack and neutralizing the threat. We are pleased to report that the attempt was effectively repelled, thanks to the deployed cyber-security systems."This is the second cyberattack against AIIMS Delhi within a year. The previous attack occurred in November 2022, causing significant service disruptions. The institute's servers went offline, and two analysts were suspended for alleged breaches of cyber security.
Following the attack, the hospital blocked internet services for several days. The Delhi Police, in collaboration with the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and the National Informatics Centre (NIC), launched an investigation. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) also assisted the inquiry.
The cyberattack resulted in the disruption of various services, particularly those reliant on online processes. In response, the hospital implemented Standard Operation Procedures (SoP) for manual admission and discharge procedures.
Investigations into the AIIMS cyberattack revealed potential origins in China and Hong Kong for the servers used in the attack. Authorities in Delhi have contacted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and requested Interpol's assistance in obtaining additional information.
Reports suggest that AIIMS was not the sole target of cyberattacks. Other premier institutions faced similar attempts, with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) website reportedly targeted approximately 6,000 times. However, the hackers were unsuccessful in compromising its security.
In a tweet, AIIMS, New Delhi stated, "At 2:50 pm, a Malware attack was detected by cyber security systems.