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AIIMS hit by ransomware attack: 7 other big hackings that hurt Indian businesses | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Ransomware attacks are among the biggest cyber threats in India. Recently, a report by the country’s cyber watchdog CERT-In claimed that India logged a 51% rise in ransomware attacks in the first half of the year as compared to 2021. Not only the first half, there have been multiple cyber attacks in the second half of this year that have kept cyber authorities on their toes.

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:


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