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The Union Home Ministry had already realized the ransomware cyber attack in the country. In view of this, the Home Ministry had formed a task force a month before the cyber attack on AIIMS. In this, large organizations were involved to prevent ransomware attacks.
However, the Delhi Police was not included in the task force. The cyber attack on AIIMS server is being described as the biggest attack so far. The task force is also probing the AIIMS cyber attack case. On the other hand, a cyber attack was also attempted on the personal mail of a Union Minister.
An official of an organization probing the AIIMS cyber attack case said that the Ministry of Home Affairs had already realized that there could be a ransomware cyber attack in the country. In view of this, the Cyber Information Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs constituted the National Counter Ransomware Task Force (NCRTF) on October 22, 2022 itself to effectively deal with the threat. A month later, on the morning of 23 November, there was a cyber attack on the AIIMS server.
Ransomware is a type of malware attack in which cyber criminals gain access, lock and influence the data of victims. The Task Force includes Special Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Director General, CERT-IN, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Additional Secretary, NSCS, Joint Secretary, Cyber Diplomacy, Ministry of External Affairs, DDG (Security) DoT, DEA, NIA, DCYA, CBI, NFSV, RBI and the designated official of IIT Kanpur has been included.
According to Delhi Police officials, the task force is also probing the AIIMS cyber attack. According to Delhi Police officials, this attack is so big that it has completely affected the main server and application server of AIIMS. Significantly, there has been a ransomware cyber attack on AIIMS server from two mail IDs from Hong Kong.