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Hackers Block Access to Computers of a Mumbai-based Hospital, Seeks Bitcoin in Ransom

July 19, 2018 18:23
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WannaCry Ransomware attack, a kind of cyber attack in 2017, which affected more than 230,000 computer systems across 150 countries is now slowly reappearing in the circuit but with different identity. A Mumbai-based prestigious hospital, Mahatma Gandhi Mission Hospital has been hacked with similar ransomware. Hackers have infested to computer systems of the hospital with a malware that encrypted all the database.

The incident happened on July 15th and the hackers are now demanding Bitcoins in exchange for handing over the control of the system and data back to hospital staff. Also, the hospital authorities have found that access to records of the data of past 15 days has been blocked.

While logging into the computer system, the administrator received the following message from the hackers:

“All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to resolve them, write to us in the e-mail. You have to pay for the decryption in bitcoin. The price depends on how quickly you write to us. After the payment is made, we’ll send you the tool that will decrypt all your files.”

The case filed with the cyber cell of Navi Mumbai Police which is also investigating the case is trying to get the source of the attack through tracking of IP address. Tushar Doshi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) said:

“Hospital administrators found the systems locked, with an encrypted message by unidentified attackers demanding ransom in Bitcoins to unlock it. We are trying to ascertain the Internet Protocol Address (IP) from where the email (demanding ransom) originated.”

According to the hospital authorities, Computerised Billing and Medicine Prescription System have been affected by the malware attack. The authorities maintained that the hospital maintains a handwritten record of all its data and no patients have suffered.

The hospital management has decided not respond back to the hackers or even giving them Bitcoins to decrypt the system. Meanwhile, the cyber experts are working on to get the system back on track.

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