AIIMS encounters massive cyberattack, server down for 3 days


  • AIIMS Delhi suffered a cyberattack on November 23rd, 2022
  • All patient care services have been affected
  • Its server remained down for three consecutive days

AIIMS Delhi encountered a massive cyberattack at around 7 am on November 23rd, 2022. It is a ransomware attack as hackers have demanded money to restore the patient care services that have been down since the cyberattack.

In October, AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) Delhi declared that it would go paperless from January 1st, 2023. In addition, all payments are set to become completely digital from April 2023. The cyberattack has come close on the heels of these announcements. Since the server has been down for the past three days, all patient care services are being managed manually.

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The outpatient and inpatient digital hospital services, including smart lab, billing, report generation, and the appointment system, were impacted while the server was offline. After the server went down, people were queuing and grumbling about the delay. Some of them complained that they couldn’t generate barcodes to transmit samples and couldn’t see imaging reports.

At the moment, it is said that staff members are doing paperwork and other official tasks by hand to keep the workflows going. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), Delhi Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs are working together to resolve the issue. Even National Investigation Agency (NIA) has also joined them.

November 24th, the Delhi Police filed a case against unnamed individuals for the cyberattack on AIIMS Delhi servers. An investigating police officer said, “A computer incident has been reported by the Additional Security Officer at AIIMS, Delhi. On the basis of the report, an FIR has been registered under Section 385 IPC, Section 66/66F IT Act by IFSO, Special Cell. The matter is being investigated.” Officials stated that AIIMS and NIC will take appropriate precautions to prevent similar assaults in the future.

Anvinraj Valiyathara

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