SANS Internet Storm Center: When hit with ransomware, most businesses pay up (ZDNet)

Since 2013, the use of ransomware – malware that encrypts and scrambles data, allowing hackers to demand payment for the key – has been steadily on the rise. In fact, a new study from IBM Security suggests the tactic increased 6,000 percent this year compared with 2015, with roughly 40 percent of all spam emails containing ransomware.

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