Reply to post: Make It Illegal to Pay

Thanks for the memories... now pay up or else: Maze ransomware crew claims to have hacked SK hynix, leaks '5% of stolen files'

RM Myers

Make It Illegal to Pay

The more this happens and more financially lucrative it becomes, the more convincing the argument for making it a crime to pay ransomware becomes. I would probably also make it a crime to pay the criminal not to release stolen data. I just don't see any other practical way to make a major dent in this racket - there are just too many businesses, governments, etc who are potential victims.

I realize this may not be a perfect solution, and would require many countries to change their laws, but I just don't see a good alternative which is likely to happen.

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