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Cyber – Should ransomware payments be banned? (Brookings)

Tarah Wheeler and Ciaran Martin write: In recent memory, ransomware has gone from major nuisance to international crisis. Criminal gangs that target computers, encrypt their contents, and demand a ransom in order to provide a decryptor tool have struck critical infrastructure around the world. They have disrupted Ireland’s entire healthcare systems, shut down hundreds of food retailers in Sweden, and disrupted fuel delivery to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, among countless other examples. 

go to Brookings: Should ransomware payments be banned? (brookings.edu)