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The Evolving Threat of Ransomware: From Extortion to Blackmail

Version 1 : Received: 23 June 2021 / Approved: 6 July 2021 / Online: 6 July 2021 (12:42:48 CEST)

How to cite: Connolly, L.Y.; Lang, M.; Taylor, P.; Corner, P.J. The Evolving Threat of Ransomware: From Extortion to Blackmail. Preprints 2021, 2021070149 Connolly, L.Y.; Lang, M.; Taylor, P.; Corner, P.J. The Evolving Threat of Ransomware: From Extortion to Blackmail. Preprints 2021, 2021070149

Abstract

Ransomware is continually evolving. The most recent tactic is to combine crypto-ransomware with data exfiltration, mandate fraud, and other such schemes to steal from victims and attempt to blackmail them. This paper examines the new trend, its underlying motives, and proposes practical recommendations to help organizations defend against this menace

Keywords

Ransomware; Data exfiltration; Blackmail; GDPR; Incident response

Subject

MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE, Algebra & Number Theory

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