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Data extortion is raising the ransomware stakes. Enterprises must now be prepared to decide whether to pay the ransom to release their encrypted stolen data or have their sensitive data released to the world.


  • In most cases, a target organization is infected with ransomware malware that maliciously encrypts the target organization's data, usually stealing a copy of it in the process. When a victim refuses to pay up, the perpetrator threatens to release the data.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand why the number of data extortion ransomware incidents has increased notably in recent months.
  • Learn why the variables in the decision whether to pay a ransom are now more complicated.

Key questions answered

  • Why has the number of data extortion ransomware incidents increased notably in recent months?
  • Why are the variables in the decision whether to pay a ransom now more complicated?

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  • Summary
  • Ransomware is bad but data extortion is worse
  • Data extortion changes equations on risk and cost
  • Consider the options, plan ahead


  • Further reading
  • Author

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