February 3, 2023
AIIMS Server Remains Down for Eighth Day; Two Suspended, More Under Scanner for Cybersecurity Breach

A server at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been down for the eighth day, and is on the radar for suspension for breaching cyber security, according to sources, following the suspension of two Delhi-based analysts.

According to sources, “The sanitizing process has started, earlier it was 15 but now 25 out of 50 servers and more than 400 endpoint computers have been scanned. Antivirus uploading has also been started for future security.”

On Tuesday, AIIMS also issued a statement saying that e-Hospital data has been restored, “eHospital data has been restored on servers. The network is being sanitized before restoring services. This process will take some time. Due to the volume of data and large number of servers/computers for hospital services. Measures for cyber security are being taken.”

It further said, “All hospital services including outpatient, in-patient, laboratories etc. are continuing in manual mode.”

“The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has also joined the investigation. Representatives of India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), Delhi Police, Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) are already present. The incident is under investigation. underway,” sources told ANI

Internet services will be suspended at AIIMS, Delhi following the recommendations of investigating agencies.

The Laboratory Information System (LIS) database and other dependent databases were updated.

Earlier AIIMS had also released the latest Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which will manual admission, discharge and transfer of patients in the hospital till the e-hospital goes down.

“Latest SOPs to be followed in manual mode till e-hospital goes down. Admission, discharge and transfers to be done manually at AIIMS, New Delhi. Indent to be done manually,” the hospital said.

According to the instructions of the Working Committee, the death or birth certificates should be prepared manually in the forms.

“Only urgent samples should be sent and that too with filled forms. Only urgent investigations will be sent with forms as directed by the Working Committee,” it added.

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi experienced a server failure on November 23, officials said.

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