On November 30, there were at least 6,000 attempts made to gain access to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) server, the hackers did not, however, succeed in their mission.
New Delhi: On November 30, there were at least 6,000 attempts made to gain access to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) server. The hackers did not, however, succeed in their mission.
The National Informatics Center (NIC) is preparing a comprehensive report on the hacking effort.
According to sources, a blacklisted IP address based in Hong Kong was used to attack the ICMR website. However, the server firewall at ICMR was good enough to prevent hackers from obtaining patients’ data.
Series of hacks at hospitals
Earlier on November 23, the hospital’s server (AIIMS) went down for about nine hours, severely affecting the services at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. A statement released by AIIMS said the server was down due to a possible ransomware attack.
The personal information of millions of patients was then compromised on December 2 when a cyber-attack targeted the hospital’s five primary systems. The cyber-attack was suspected to have been carried out by Chinese hackers, according to sources.
A cyber-attack was reported at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital a few days later, on December 4. The attack was less severe than those reported at AIIMS.
According to CloudSEK, a company that predicts cyber threats, on December 3, the personal information of 1.5 lakh patients from Tamil Nadu’s Sree Saran Medical Center was sold by hackers on well-known forums for cybercrime and a Telegram channel used to trade databases.