Wednesday, March 8, 2017
No One Should Give In to Cyber Extortion Unless It's a Life or Death Situation; Slate, March 7, 2017
Josephine Wolff, Slate;
"Paying ransoms and caving to extortion demands just encourages more of the same activity, directed at both previous victims and new ones. The only way to effectively discourage this kind of crime is to make it so fruitless, so unprofitable, so profoundly ineffective that the perpetrators find a new outlet for their energies. And the only way to do that is to stop relying on individual victims and organizations to make these choices themselves and implement policies that explicitly penalize the payment of online ransoms in most circumstances."