Ransomware Enablers

U.S. Companies and Cyber-Extortion

Ransomware has become one of the most common types of cyber-crime, devastating individuals, businesses, and government agencies. Law enforcement has largely failed to catch or deter the hackers, who are usually foreign. But we found that U.S. companies, exploiting regulatory loopholes and sometimes misleading victims, have secretly abetted the rise of ransomware for their own profit.

The New Target That Enables Ransomware Hackers to Paralyze Dozens of Towns and Businesses at Once

Cybercriminals are zeroing in on the managed service providers that handle computer systems for local governments and medical clinics.

The Extortion Economy: How Insurance Companies Are Fueling a Rise in Ransomware Attacks

Even when public agencies and companies hit by ransomware could recover their files on their own, insurers prefer to pay the ransom. Why? The attacks are good for business.

Sting Catches Another Ransomware Firm — Red Mosquito — Negotiating With “Hackers”

We recently wrote about two U.S. firms that promised high-tech ransomware solutions but instead paid the cyber-attacker. A U.K. company appears to do the same.

The Trade Secret: Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers

As ransomware attacks crippled businesses and law enforcement agencies, two U.S. data recovery firms claimed to offer an ethical way out. Instead, they typically paid the ransom and charged victims extra.

We’re Reporting on Ransomware. Do You Know Something About an Attack?

Has your organization been hit by ransomware? Did you hire a data recovery firm? Do you know how an attack works from the inside? We’d like to hear from you.

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