A new form of ransomware called "DarkBit" has recently emerged and targeted Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, one of Israel's top research universities. This ransomware has been created using Golang and appears to have political motives as the ransom note contains anti-Israeli and anti-government sentiments. The ransom demanded was 80 Bitcoin, which is equivalent to about USD $1,869,760 at the time of writing. The ransomware is capable of accepting command-line arguments or running independently, and it uses Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bits (AES-256) to encrypt a wide range of file types quickly and efficiently. The University is currently responding to the incident and trying to determine the extent of the attack.
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