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Delhi’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences might have been subject to a ransomware attack, the hospital has said, All sections of the hospital have been functioning manually since 7 in the morning as the servers started malfunctioning. In the evening, the hospital, in a statement, said the National Informatics Centre working to restore the system has informed that this may be a ransomware attack (which) will be investigated by the appropriate authorities.

AIIMS is the largest referral hospital, which caters to 1.5 million outpatients and 80,000 inpatients every year.

Measures are being taken to restore the digital services and support is being sought from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and National Informatics Centre,” the statement read. Ransomware is malicious software designed to deny a user or organization access to files on their computer. In most cases, cyber attackers demand a ransom to allow access to the files. The city’s largest referral hospital, which caters to 1.5 million outpatients and 80,000 inpatients every year, has been operating manually since morning, leaving long queues at every department. The worst hit was the registration section, where hundreds queued since dawn to get themselves registered. According to the AIIMS website, the hospital was established in New Delhi in 1956. It is an institution of national importance to serve as a nucleus for the development of excellence in all aspects of the healthcare system in India. The computer facility was launched in a small way in 1978.

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