A ransomware attack is a type of cyber invasion wherein attackers access the victim’s system and encrypt sensitive data by deploying malicious software and asking for a “ransom” to restore access to files.
Cyber attacks have become more sophisticated as hackers are now using new tools and technologies to bypass cutting-edge securities. Experts have predicted that the number of attacks won’t be declining anytime soon. This week, a major ransomware crippled All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) systems. The attack not only caused delays in the services of the state-owned hospital but also forced several patients to return home without consulting doctors.
According to a report published by cyber threat intelligence firm CloudSEK, the Indian healthcare industry has been hit by the second-highest number of cyberattacks worldwide and over 71 lakh records have been compromised.
Here we list eight of the biggest ransomware attacks in India: