AIIMS new OPD registration resumes partially on 14th day after cyber attack: Report

7 December, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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The procedure for around 3,000 new registrations and follow-up registrations at AIIMS Delhi has commenced following a cyber assault on the AIIMS Delhi system.

The procedure for around 3,000 new registrations and follow-up registrations at AIIMS Delhi has commenced following a cyber assault on the AIIMS Delhi system, ANI reported. Registration for the wards and path labs will likely commence in stages soon.

“AIIMS Delhi services will start full-fledged this week. Approximately 4,000 computers have been scanned and antivirus has also been uploaded for future safety.” ANI report said.

However, others claim that internet access is still restricted.

Meetings are held on a regular basis by the team from the computer facility. Last week, two analysts were suspended for a data breach, and others are under investigation.

The Delhi Police Special Cell has initiated a probe into the suspected malware intrusion at AIIMS Delhi.

Last week, on Tuesday, the AIIMS also issued a statement that the e-Hospital data has been restored. “The eHospital data has been restored on the servers. The network is being sanitized before the services can be restored. The process is taking some time due to the volume of data and a large number of servers/computers for the hospital services. Measures are being taken for cyber security,” the statement read.

“The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has also joined the investigation. The India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), Delhi Police, Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) representatives are already probing the incident.” a source told ANI.

The Laboratory information system (LIS) database and other dependent databases have also been restored.

The Safdarjung hospital also reported a cyber attack but it since it runs its OPD services manually as well, the impact of the attack was not as major.

The Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital, Dr BL Sherwal said, “There was a cyber attack. Our server was also down in November for a single day, but data was secured. The matter was handled by IT and the National informatics Centre (NIC), which revived the systems.”

Dr Sherwal further said that the cyber attack wasn’t ransomware. “According to my knowledge, it wasn’t ransomware,” he said.

Another official from the hospital said that IP was blocked.

“We contacted IT of the hospital also for more information but they didn’t respond,” he said.

“In November, only for one day, we heard that server is down for some time, but later they got revived. Most of the time we do our work manually,” one of the senior Resident doctors said.