ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 147

search

Mass data leak after Bar Ilan University refuses to pay hacker $2.5m

Hundreds of thousands of documents and lists containing personal details of students and lecturers at Bar Ilan University have been leaked online, after the institution refused to pay some $2.5 million demanded by a hacker.

The cyberattack happened about three weeks ago, with the hacker — known as “darkrypt” — demanding a ransom. The central Israel university negotiated, but didn’t pay — at the recommendation of the Shin Bet security agency and the National Cyber Directorate.

After the money wasn’t paid, the hacker leaked research, lab documents, papers and lists containing personal information of thousands of people — totaling some 20 terabytes — on the hacker’s website and in a Telegram group.

Online Bar Ilan systems, including a payment system, have crashed, but the university says that isn’t related to the cyberattack and will be fixed within hours, according to the Ynet news site.

Some students are said to be planning to sue the university after their details were leaked and their online passwords were changed, locking them out of some systems.

Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
image
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure: example@domain.com
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.