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Indian healthcare sector on China and Pakistan’s eye, 19 lakh cyber attacks in 2022

Healthcare faced the most number of ransomware attacks globally during the September quarter of 2022, according to cybersecurity firm Checkpoint Research. Apart from this, cyber security think tank Cyberpeace Foundation and Autobot Infosec Pvt Ltd also published a report on Thursday. It revealed that the healthcare sector in India has faced 18,46,712 cyber attacks till November 28 this year. These attacks have been done from 41,181 unique IP addresses of Vietnam, Pakistan and China.

The Cyberpeace Foundation generated this data through its E-Kavach program. Explain that the E-Kavach program uses an intelligence sensor, which is helpful in capturing Internet traffic and analyzing cyber attacks on organizations in real time. From this it can also be ascertained that at which place how many attacks have taken place.

AIIMS was also attacked

India’s most famous hospital All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) also fell victim to a major cyber attack last week, forcing them to shut down several of their servers and switch to manual operations. It has been learned that the hackers had also demanded a ransom of 200 crores in cryptocurrency from AIIMS. But AIIMS has denied these claims. Let us tell you that AIIMS had earlier announced a plan to digitize all services by April 2023.

Vulnerable internet-facing system targeted

Most of the attacks were aimed at injecting malicious payloads into the healthcare company’s network and triggering ransomware attacks. The report showed that E-Kavach’s sensors detected 1527 unique payloads used for Trojans and ransomware.

The attackers mostly targeted vulnerable Internet-facing systems, including Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), vulnerable Server Message Block (SMB) and database services, and older Windows Server platforms. The attackers also used brute force and dictionary attacks to exploit File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM), MYSQL (database management systems) and sensitive patient data such as medical image and diagnostic databases. Stolen.

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