After AIIMS, hackers target the ICMR website 6,000 times a day

The attack on the website of India’s top medical research institute occurs while AIIMS servers have been offline for two weeks as a result of a ransomware attack.

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With the AIIMS servers already compromised, cybercriminals have stepped up their attacks on the websites and patient information systems of other Indian health and research organisations.

“On Nov 30, the cyber hackers tried to attack the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) website for more than 6000 times in a span of 24 hours,” a government official from National Informatics Centre (NIC) on condition of anonymity told MoneyControl.

The official responded that the series of attacks on the ICMR website were launched from the Hong Kong-based blacklisted IP address 103.152.220.133.

The attackers were stopped and rendered ineffective. The team has been informed about it. According to the NIC officer, if the firewall had any vulnerabilities, the attackers might have been successful in getting beyond the website’s security.

Officials from the ICMR declined to comment on this article.

The person claims that the NIC has requested that the government agencies keep their firewalls updated.

The NIC recommendations must be adhered to strictly. He stated that the government organisations have been urged to upgrade operating system security fixes.

According to the official, one of the top possible targets for hackers has been the patient information system in healthcare organisations.

“The cyber-attacks on the Health Organisation’s website have been on the rise since 2020,” he added.