Ransomware and the new economics of cybercrime

From The Atlantic:

Cybersecurity is often framed as a matter of keeping up with the rapid evolution of online attacks—patching software vulnerabilities and identifying new malware programs. But cybercriminals’ most crucial adaptation in recent years has little to do with their technical tools and everything to do with their business model: They have started selling stolen data back to its original owners. To keep cybercrime profitable, criminals needed to find a new cohort of potential buyers, and they did: all of us.

Source: Ransomware and the New Economics of Cybercrime – The Atlantic

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