back to article Verizon: Ransomware sees biggest jump in five years

The cybersecurity landscape continues to expand and evolve rapidly, fueled in large part by the cat-and-mouse game between miscreants trying to get into corporate IT environments and those hired by enterprises and security vendors to keep them out. Despite all that, Verizon's annual security breach report is again showing that …

  1. b0llchit Silver badge

    Biometric and wearable authentication is more secure and more convenient and would almost instantly mitigate a massive amount of cybersecurity vulnerability.

    And when the biometric database (eventually) is in the hands of the criminals, who is secure then? We will all be asked to change our fingerprints, get a new face and pop in some new eyes.

    There is one constant in security: there is no ultimate security; it is a process.

    Pretending that you can magically solve many problems with biometric data is worse than forcing someone to change his/her passwords once in a while.

    1. Alumoi Silver badge

      Oh, no worries, we'll give you a free 1 month credit monitoring and a 10 USD coupon.

  2. Version 1.0 Silver badge

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    1. b0llchit Silver badge

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  3. yetanotheraoc Silver badge

    We're only here for the monetizing

    "ransomware by itself is really just a model of monetizing an organization's access"

    That's all right, then. Nothing wrong with a little monetizing, as all the Web 2.0 organisations will attest. The unwritten rule of the wild wild web: By not securing their data, they are agreeing to be monetized.

  4. Gene Cash Silver badge


    I thought they WERE ransomware... at least where phone service is concerned. A friend's Verizon bill just doubled, because they took him off his family plan without bothering to ask, or even tell him.

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