The New Yorker: How to Negotiate with Ransomware Hackers

The New Yorker: How to Negotiate with Ransomware Hackers. “The F.B.I. advises victims to avoid negotiating with hackers, arguing that paying ransoms incentivizes criminal behavior. This puts victims in a tricky position. ‘To just tell a hospital that they can’t pay—I’m just incredulous at the notion,’ Philip Reiner, the C.E.O. of the nonprofit Institute for Security and Technology, told me. ‘What do you expect them to do, just shut down and let people die?’ Organizations that don’t pay ransoms can spend months rebuilding their systems; if customer data are stolen and leaked as part of an attack, they may be fined by regulators.”

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