Ransomware payments work in some cases say experts

    During the Central Banking Summer Meetings 2024 in London, a group of security analysts explored the contentious issue of ransomware payments. They suggested that, in many cases, paying off hackers who spread ransomware may indeed yield results, given the alarming frequency of attacks involving data theft. This stolen information often ends up either leaked online or sold for profit.

    Advocates for banning ransom payments should consider the limitations of law enforcement in such scenarios. Retrieving hacked and stolen data poses significant challenges, as there’s no foolproof method to reclaim data from cybercriminals who may have stored it across various IT infrastructures, both on-premise and geographically dispersed.

    Initially, Ciaran Martin, head of Britain’s NCSC, supported the cessation of ransom payments. However, by March 2023, the head of GCHQ’s cyber arm concluded that this strategy didn’t effectively halt the proliferation of file-encrypting malware, raising doubts about its efficacy.

    Nevertheless, it’s essential to recognize that there are avenues for addressing this issue. While paying a ransom may incentivize criminal behavior and doesn’t guarantee decryption, relying on robust data backups can mitigate financial losses, except in cases involving double extortion tactics.

    Sharing insights into the nature and consequences of attacks can empower other organizations to implement proactive measures to combat similar threats.

    Additionally, investing in comprehensive cyber insurance policies that cover various costs incurred during and after an attack emerges as a prudent strategy in navigating these increasingly prevalent cyber threats.

    Naveen Goud
    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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