Re: You write this as if
I don't blame the victims for being hit by ransomware.
I certainly blame the "victims" for funding future ransomware attacks on others, by paying up.
And I do blame the victims for not having usable offline backups. I mean, their computers could have failed for other reasons, so backups, and testing those backups, are essential anyway. Ransomware is a known problem which you can "insure" against by having offline backups, and testing them.
Oh, and I blame the police for not arresting the ransomware gangs,. And I blame the politicians for not making that happen.