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It is a cyberattack that has run riot around the world, capable of knocking out hundreds of thousands of computers and costing companies billions of dollars.

The truth about ransomware is that it is on the rise. It is also constantly evolving, with new ransomware variants Copperhedge, Taintedscribe and Pebbledash found coming out from North Korea this year.

Another aspect of ransomware’s evolution is that it increasingly relies on blackmail to extort money from victims. Whether a business is or is not able to retrieve its data has taken a back seat – now cyber criminals also threaten to release ransomed data into the public if the demand is not paid.

The only way to seriously defend against ransomware is to get cyber security experts on board with your company’s defence strategy.