Indian healthcare industry to suffer 1.9 million cyber attacks by 2022

New Delhi: The healthcare industry in India has faced 1.9 million cyberattacks this year through November 28, according to data released on Thursday by cybersecurity consultancy CyberPeace Foundation. and Autobot Infosec Private Ltd. to Vietnam, Pakistan and China.

Last week, India’s top government-run hospital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, was severely attacked. Cyber ​​attack, forcing it to shut down many of its servers and go manual. AIIMS, which previously announced plans to digitize all services by April 2023, refutes claims that hackers demanded a ransom $200 cores.

Threat data published by the CyberPeace Foundation is generated through the e-Kawach program, which uses threat intelligence sensors to capture internet traffic and analyze attacks. real-time cyber attacks that organizations face. It can also tell which location has seen how many attacks.

“By deploying a simulated network, we can collect data on attack patterns, different types of attack vectors for other protocols,” said Vineet Kumar, founder and president of CyberPeace Foundation. and recent trends of malicious activity”.

The report also indicates that the attackers mainly target vulnerable internet access systems including remote desktop protocol (RDP), vulnerable server message block (SMB) and database services as well as legacy Windows server platforms. RDP attacks have increased especially after the pandemic shifted to remote and hybrid working. RDP allows users to access their office or network computers using another computer remotely.

Attackers also use dictionary and brute force attacks to exploit file transfer protocol (FTP), digital imaging and medical communications (DICOM), MYSQL (base management system) data) and steal sensitive patient data such as medical images and diagnostic databases. DICOM is a protocol commonly used by healthcare companies to manage and share medical images and other data.

The goal behind most attacks is to introduce a malicious payload into the healthcare company’s network and trigger ransomware attacks. Sensors found 1527 unique payloads used for trojans and ransomware, the report found.

Cyberattacks on healthcare have increased around the world as more hospitals and healthcare providers are moving their operations and databases online. According to cybersecurity firm CheckPoint Research, healthcare suffer highest number of ransomware attacks globally in the September quarter 2022.

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