Editorial: First step in fighting ransomware? Stop paying the cyberthieves

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Chicago Tribune

Running a business or a government agency is difficult enough during the pandemic. Imagine being broadsided by a ransomware attack. All at once, computer screens freeze. A cybergang pops up to explain the methodology for paying the ransom in cryptocurrency, and what happens if the requisite bitcoins never show up. Encryption will entomb gigabytes of data. Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, medical information and other personal data will get spilled out online for identity thieves and other criminals to devour. Businesses could go bankrupt, government operations could seize up….

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