New Delhi: It seems that the Indian health sector is on the radar of cybercriminals. The latest victim of a major data breach is Indian drug major Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. The company on Thursday said that it has temporarily shutdown production across its key plants.
The company admitted a major cyber attack on their digital infrastructure due to which they have isolated all data center services and are taking required preventive actions.
The attack came days after the pharma company got a green signal from Drug Control General of India (DCGI) to conduct an adaptive phase 2/3 human clinical trial for Sputnik V vaccine in India.
Without disclosing much about the attack and leak, the company said that it is anticipating all services to be up within 24 hours. “We are anticipating all services to be up within 24 hours and we do not foresee any major impact on our operations due to this incident,” said Mukesh Rathi, CIO, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories.
The company in its statement said, “In the wake of a detected cyber-attack, we have isolated all data center services to take required preventive actions.”
The magnitude and nature of attack is still unknown but sources claim there has been a data breach.
This clearly shows how critical it is to secure sensitive health data. Earlier this month, Dr Lal PathLabs, one of the largest lab testing labs in India reportedly faced a major data leak after it had kept the huge data of its patients on a public server unprotected for months.
The entire health sector is sitting on huge patients, research and scientific data which makes the sector most vulnerable. Cybercriminals are looking for new ways to extract these data or infect the server with ransomware to extort money from these companies.