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Cyber insurance model is broken, consider banning ransomware payments, says think tank

Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

Whither the gray hats?

It seems like there is a ripe market for mercenary hacker bands who will hunt down ransomware scum and their ilk for retainer + bounty. Where are those guys?

Upon consideration, it seems like we're on the verge of a cyperpunk future where one could have a multi-functional mercenary team consisting of one or more offensive hackers (netrunners) combined with boots on the ground whose job is to locate and liquidate the black hats. At some point, it seems like it would become cheaper and more satisfying to put money into a fund to employ these guys rather than pay off the worthless parasites who write ransomware. Hell, I'd throw in a few bucks.

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