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Ransomware: To Pay or Not to Pay Is Not the Question

Ransomware has come a long way since the 1989 “AIDS Trojan.” In 2019 ransomware demands topped $12M. Succinctly put: “Ransom demands grew larger. Tactics became more cutthroat.”

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Ransomware has come a long way since the 1989 “AIDS Trojan.” Distributed by diskette, it encrypted the file names and directories of its victims. Ransom demands have also come a long way. The AIDS Trojan attack demanded $189 for the decryption key. In 2019 ransomware demands topped $12M.

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