TIME, April 21, 2016
Ransomware attacks on businesses and individuals have risen dramatically in recent years. Instead of going after high-value, heavily fortified systems, like banks or corporations, that require complex technological skills to hack, cybercriminals use ransomware to go straight for easy targets: small businesses, schools, hospitals, and users who are likely to pay a few hundred dollars, or more, to get their digital lives back. “It’s a one-to-one relationship with the victim, and it’s anonymous,” said Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.
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