Hackers attack Israel’s Technion University, demand over $1.7 million in ransom

Israel’s Technion University on Sunday suffered a ransomware attack, which has forced the university to proactively block all communication networks. A new group calling itself DarkBit has claimed responsibility for the attack.  

“The Technion is under cyber attack. The scope and nature of the attack are under investigation,” Technion University, Israel’s top public university in Haifa wrote in a Tweet.  

Established in 1912, the Technion University has become a global pioneer in fields such as biotechnology, stem cell research, space, computer science, nanotechnology, and energy. Four Technion professors have won Nobel Prizes. The university has also contributed for the growth of Israel’s high-tech industry and innovation, including the country’s technical cluster in Silicon Wadi.

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