Israel\u2019s Technion university on Sunday suffered a ransomware attack, which\u00a0has forced the university to proactively block all communication networks. A new group calling itself DarkBit has claimed responsibility for the attack.\u00a0\u00a0\u201cThe Technion is under cyberattack. The scope and nature of the attack are under investigation,\u201d Technion, one of Israel\u2019s top universities, wrote in a\u00a0Tweet.\u00a0\u00a0Established in 1912, Haifa-based Technion \u2014 otherwise known as the Israel Institute of Technology \u2014 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\u2019s high-tech industry and innovation, including the country\u2019s technical cluster in Silicon Wadi.The university said it is postponing scheduled exams due to the ransomware attack, but classes will continue as usual.\u00a0Its website remained inaccessible at the time of writing.80 bitcoins demanded as ransomDarkBit has demanded 80 bitcoins ($1,729,320) as ransom from the university. The group has also said that the amount will go up by 30% if the ransom is not received within 48 hours.\u201cYou will receive a decrypting key after the payment. Notice that you just have 48 hours. After the deadline, a 30% penalty will be added to the price. We put data for sale after 5 days,\u201d DarkBit wrote in a message on the university website, which was shared by Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity professional Alon Gal, co-founder and CTO of Hudson Rock.\u00a0\u201cWe\u2019re sorry to inform you that we\u2019ve had to hack Technion network completely and transfer all data to our secure servers. So, keep calm, take a breath and think about an apartheid regime that causes troubles here and there,\u201d DarkBit group wrote in the mail.\u00a0\u201cThey should pay for their lies and crimes, their names and shames. They should pay for occupation, war crimes against humanity, killing the people (not only Palestinians\u2019 bodies, but also Israelis' souls) and destroying the future and all dreams we had. They should pay for firing high-skilled experts,\u201d the hacker group further mentioned.\u00a0The group also shared a messenger ID for the Tox secure messenging app, through which individuals can contact them to recover their personal files. DarkBit has claimed that the files are encrypted using AES-256 military-grade algorithm.\u00a0\u00a0\u201cAny try for recovering data without the key (using third-party applications\/companies) causes permanent damage,\u201d DarkBit wrote.\u00a0Gal has identified some of DarkBit\u2019s social media on Telegram, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube and Facebook. \u201cSeems to be an organized group, likely state-sponsored. I assume they will begin uploading stuff there soon,\u201d Gal wrote on LinkedIn.\u00a0\u00a0The group\u2019s Telegram channel was created on February 12 and describes itself as \u201cagainst any kind of racism, fascism and apartheid. #HackForGood.\u201d Its Telegram channel has 379 followers.Similarly, its Twitter channel was also created in February. A tweet by the group read, \u201cA kindly advice to the hight-tech (sic) companies: From now on, be more careful when you decide to fire your employees, especially the geek ones.\u201dIsraeli technology companies have laid off about 8,000 employees in 2022, and at least 500 tech workers since the start of 2023, according to Globes.\u00a0\u00a0INCD involved in the investigation\u00a0The Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) is "in touch with Technion university to get a full picture of the situation, to assist with the incident and to study its consequences,\u201d\u00a0The Jerusalem Post reported.\u00a0In 2022, the INCD had thwarted about 1,000 major cyberattacks that could have caused widespread and substantial damage to the Israeli economy,\u00a0Gaby Portnoy, director general of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, said last month.