The Union Health Ministry has asked the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) to probe the alleged hacking of its website by a Russian hacker group. Quoting official sources, news agency PTI has given this information.
Earlier, CloudSEK claimed that Russian hackers targeted the website of the Union Health Ministry. Earlier there was a cyber attack on Delhi AIIMS. The report claimed that Russian hackers targeted the website of the ministry.
An AI-powered cyber security company has claimed that pro-Russia hacker group Phoenix allegedly compromised the HMIS portal and breached data of staff and chief doctors of all hospitals in the country. The hackers are believed to have targeted the website as a result of India’s agreement on oil price caps and G20 sanctions over the Russia-Ukraine war.
According to CloudSEK, the reason for the attack could be the sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation. In this, the Indian authorities decided not to violate the sanctions as well as adhere to the Russian oil price cap approved by the G7 countries.
Cyber experts from Cloud X claim that the website has been targeted by Phoenix, a group of Russian hackers. Through this, hackers have reached the data of employees and chief doctors of all the hospitals in the country. CloudSEK said that Phoenix has been active since January 2022. It mainly targets hospitals only. The same group was also behind attacks on the website of a health organization serving the US military and the Spanish Foreign Ministry.
Cyber attack on Delhi AIIMS server
Last year, there was a major cyber attack on the e-hospital server of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi. There were reports of large-scale data theft of AIIMS by hackers from foreign countries. Actually, the main server of Delhi AIIMS was down on the morning of 23 November last year. Online services were severely affected as the main server was down as soon as the registration process began. After which representatives of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Delhi Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs were involved in the investigation.
Twitter handle of Ministry of Power was also hacked
Similarly, in December last year, the Twitter handle of the Central Government’s Ministry of Jal Shakti was hacked. Hackers had hacked the Twitter handle of the ministry. Security agency and cyber experts were involved in the investigation of the case related to Twitter handle hacking.