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Ransomware: Should you pay up?


Ransomware has become a staple of Organised Criminal Groups’ (OCGs) revenue streams. Being able to affect a broad spectrum of targets, ranging from large businesses through to individual end users allows for a range of different monetisation models, from ‘spray-and-pray’ to targeted ‘big game hunting’. The sheer number of criminals focusing on ransomware, and the low barriers to entry, ensure that very large numbers of targets can be infected. The cost of launching an attack has reached the level where only a tiny proportion of victims need to pay in order for the criminals to reap significant returns on investment. It has become a very efficient, if illegal and unethical, way to earn a living these days.

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