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(The Register)   Uncle Sam says ransomware 'earned' $590m in the first half of 2021 alone. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of extortion, at least that's a pretty good Return on Infection   (theregister.com) divider line
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2021-10-18 1:22:22 PM  
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Ransomware wouldn't be a thing without BTC and the other digital 'currencies' that aren't reversible.

The blockchain is the getaway car that the thieves need to allow them to target essentially anyone.
 
2021-10-18 10:41:24 AM  
2 votes:
Been running Linux desktop since 2007.

Still waiting for my ransomware infection.
 
2021-10-18 11:02:43 AM  
2 votes:

Linux_Yes: Been running Linux desktop since 2007.

Still waiting for my ransomware infection.


Synology and QNAS both have been hit.  Get one of the infections that hit them, and you won't have to wait anymore.  Lots of malware now goes hunting for know_hosts files for a reason.
 
2021-10-18 3:07:36 PM  
2 votes:

Linux_Yes: You are just aggravated that you didnt buy ethereum at 300 dollars.


No, I'm basking in the glory that I'm not part of the problem.
 
2021-10-18 2:37:56 PM  
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Linux_Yes: madgonad: Ransomware wouldn't be a thing without BTC and the other digital 'currencies' that aren't reversible.

The blockchain is the getaway car that the thieves need to allow them to target essentially anyone.

99% of money laundering is done with cash, buffy.


Gosh you are dumb.

I'm not talking about money laundering (and you are so wrong about 99% being cash). I'm talking about the use of malware to target ANYONE. The existence of irreversible transactions through BTC and others is literally the getaway car. You can't extort random people around the world for cash. You need a way to move money that can't simply be reversed. Without BTC and the others creating virii and malware would still just be a thing that bored nerds did. Now it is big business.
 
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