The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating the “deliberate and targeted” ransomware assault on the servers of AIIMS Delhi, Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar mentioned on Thursday.
“I can’t comment on that as it is a subject matter of an investigation by the NIA…It is pretty clear that it is a deliberate and targeted effort…a ransomware attack on AIIMS’ system… and NIA is investigating it,” Chandrasekhar mentioned on the sidelines of the CII Global Economic Policy Summit 2022.
The minister additional mentioned the NIA “will be in a position to comment on it when they are ready”.
Chandrasekhar, final week, had mentioned the ransomware assault on the servers of AIIMS Delhi was a conspiracy.
“It is clearly a conspiracy and it has been planned by forces that are pretty significant. It is a sophisticated ransomware attack. We will wait for the outcome of CERTin and NIA (investigations) before we come to conclusion on who is behind the ransomware attack,” Chandrasekhar had mentioned on December 2.
In a ransomware assault, cybercriminals lock entry to information or a tool and promise to unlock it after they’re paid the specified ransom.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi allegedly faced a cyberattack on November 23, paralysing its servers. A case of extortion and cyber terrorism was registered by the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of the Delhi Police on November 25.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team throughout the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Delhi cybercrime particular cell, Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre, Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), National Forensic Sciences University, National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre and NIA, amongst others, are investigating the cyberattack.