Ransomware Attacks: Why It Should Be Illegal To Pay The Ransom
Dark Reading, February 4th, 2020
February 4, 2020,
Volume 263, Issue 1

For cities, states and towns, paying up is short-sighted and only makes the problem worse

"When it comes to ransomware attacks on municipalities, paying hackers isn't the right solution. First, there's no guarantee hackers will return sensitive data. Second, there's no guarantee cybercriminals won't leverage and monetize the data anyway, returned or not. To effectively fight back, we need to make ransomware payments illegal, and develop a strong industry of cyber professionals, a digital army of sorts, to proactively increase security awareness and data protection..."

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