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  • Andy Levchuk

Extortion by Ransomware

Bleeping Computer reports that the operators of the "DoppelPaymer" Ransomware have launched a public site to post private data from victims who do not comply with a ransom demand. The extortion method is to steal files before encrypting them and then use them - as well as the promise of a decryption key - as leverage to get victims to pay ransom. According to Bleeping Computer, if a ransom is not paid, then the ransomware operators release the stolen files on the public site to expose the victim to government enforcement action, lawsuits, and general embarrassment.

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