I've finally worked it all out!
This is why Microsoft constantly evolves the insanely gargantuan set of bugs found in Windows 10.
It's a brilliant way of confusing enemies of the free world, the sort of 'bad actors' who don't want to make America Great Again©®; Windows is now so flakey and breaks in so many new, baffling and downright perverse ways, all the time, that it must be very hard for virus writers to know whether their efforts have been successful or not. Every virus introduced into a running copy of Windows actually improves the general code quality by a small, but measurable, amount.
There's no longer any point in a Russian 16 year old genius threatening to encrypt someone's HDD unless bitcoins are forthcoming as:
(1) The entire contents will have been already uploaded to Microsoft as 'telemetry to help us an our trusted partners make your life experience better'.
(2) A random update of Windows 10 will probably one-way 'encrypt' the filesystem anyway. Clicking that Save icon now is the IT equivalent of sacrificing a chicken to the elder gods to make the sun rise again.
Sources close to Microsoft have revealed to me that Microsoft's ongoing thrust to make Windows inhospitable to all forms of software life has become so advanced and optimised, that a top secret team of crack 1,500 developers have actually managed to make the Novell Netware drivers (still of course shipped with Windows 10) simultaneously self-modifying, evil and more toxic than a six week stay in Chernobyl.
Paris, because, 'bad actor'.