The rising number and severity of ransomware attacks has made 'to pay or not to pay' an impossible dilemma in most cases. But an investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that payments may not hold quite the sting they used to.
Last year, the FBI issued a public service announcement advising organisations on how to handle ransom demands.
The main advice is not to pay, and instead report the incident as early as possible. The agency also warned that paying ransoms only funds criminals' efforts.
However, while the FBI has been advising against paying ransoms, experts have drawn attention to the fact that the US government itself offers a little-known incentive that could swing the decision in the other direction.
From Computing (U.K.)
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