September 25, 2023

Technion Israel Institute of Technology (IIT) is the latest victim of a ransomware attack by the DarkBit hacker group, which has demanded an 80-Bitcoin payout.

The university reported the attack on Feb. 12, a day after the threat actor compiled the payload.cThreat actor warned IIT that if the organization did not pay the ransom within 48 hours, the amount would jump 30%.


The Golang-based ransomware possesses several notable features, such as the ability to accept command-line arguments and function independently.

Its default mode involves encrypting the victim’s device by utilizing AES-256, impacting numerous file types. It employs the method of multithreading to ensure quicker and more effective encryption.

The commentary on Telegram, Twitter, and the DarkBit website displays hacktivist motivations against Israel.

Organizations should consider implementing a zero-trust, zero-knowledge architecture to mitigate the damage of any future cyberattack

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