Commenting on the cyber attack on AIIMS systems, cyber expert Pawan Duggal said, “I think the ransomware attack on AIIMS is an attack on India’s sovereignty, integrity and security.” This is not a hospital but an attack on the most prestigious institution of the country.
According to cyber experts, the attack on AIIMS system is significant. The recent cyber attack on the systems of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has put India’s security services on a tight leash. The mystery surrounding this cyber attack is still unsolved. Meanwhile, concerns are being raised about India’s preparedness to deal with such cyber attacks. This concern is also being raised as India is one of the top 10 countries facing cyber attacks. It is one of the top five countries experiencing an increase in ransomware attacks, after the United States and some Western countries.
In April this year, there was a cyber attack on the National Power Grid. In early 2018, there was a cyber attack on the information of Indian Aadhaar card holders. In the same year, Cosmos Bank in Pune was cyber-attacked and hackers stole Rs 94.42 crore from Cosmos Cooperative Bank Limited. According to Pawan Duggal, a noted national expert on cyber security law long associated with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the cyber attack on servers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is a wake-up call for India, and the need to step up security now. the time In light of the current issue of cyber security, Duggal stressed the need to take appropriate measures, including creating a dedicated ministry. In 2013, the National Cyber Security Policy was launched, but it remains only a written document.
Commenting on the cyber attack on AIIMS systems, cyber expert Pawan Duggal said, “I think the ransomware attack on AIIMS is an attack on India’s sovereignty, integrity and security.” This is not a hospital but an attack on the most prestigious institution of the country. Apart from common people, AIIMS also provides information on big leaders, judges and officers. This information was obtained from current and former prime ministers. This information can also be misused. These people can be targeted. Look at it in terms of multiple ransomware attacks instead of just one.
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Cyber experts explain that in this era of the “data economy,” the sole purpose of cyber attacks is to obtain data that can then be sold to make money. But when an attack like this happens at AIIMS, the motivation is different. “External elements” are responsible for these attacks. These attacks shock and slow down the country’s economic development. It is a well thought out conspiracy.
A dedicated ministry is needed
According to cyber expert Pawan Duggal, the country needs to take decisive action. A dedicated ministry for cyber security should be set up to deal exclusively with issues related to cyber security besides formulating a national policy on the matter. Cyber security matters are now handled by various ministries.
– Animesh Sharma