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New cybercrime group calling itself DarkBit attacks Israeli university


A previously unknown cybercrime group attacked an Israeli technical university over the weekend, demanding $1.7 million in bitcoin as payment for what the attackers claim are the Israeli government’s “lies and crimes” ranging from occupation to war crimes to tech layoffs.

The Israel Institute of Technology, also called Technion, announced the attack on Twitter midday Sunday, and on Monday tweeted that the school remained “under a challenging cyber attack,” calling it a “complex event,” according to a Google translation. Around the same time, the online malware repository vx-underground posted a photo purporting to show the ransom note in which the group identified itself as “DarkBit” and demanded 80 Bitcoin.


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