The MGM New Bombay Hospital, Vashi, has said its system fell prey to a ransomware attack on Sunday night.
“Around 9 p.m. on Sunday, a system message popped saying that our system had been hacked and we should contact the culprits to retrieve our data. They had provided an email address, but we did not write to them and filed an FIR on Monday. Our technical team is working on retrieving the data. The hospital has not faced any financial loss,” P.K. Shashanker, administrator of the hospital, said.
According to the police, the message did not mention any amount, but sought payment in bitcoin. Ramnath Parmeshwaram, system coordinator of the hospital, filed a case under the IT Act with the Vashi police.
A similar case was reported in Kharghar on July 4. Hotel Three Star fell victim to ransomware and received a message seeking $400 and 0.06 bitcoin. The hotel’s system was hacked by https://t.me/ruberfiles and around 80 GB data was lost. A case of extortion and under the IT Act has been registered with the Kharghar police.
“The hackers are either different people or the same person operating in two different ways. In the Kharghar case, the link directs to a Telegram account and there is a ransom demand, while in the Vashi case the miscreant has used an AOL account and expected an email from the hospital to make a deal,” DCP, Crime Branch, Tushar Doshi said.
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