When it comes to cyber security, the world of cybercrime has come into its own over the past decade. Today, it’s one of the world’s largest industries, worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year, and it has evolved in line with its earnings to a level of sophistication that has caught many individuals and companies unaware. Theft of card details, machine jacking for crypto-mining, and identity theft remain key challenges, but few areas have become as lucrative for the criminals, or as prodigious, as ransomware.

As with any market-driven business, ransomware hackers have continued to develop their approaches to a level previously unconsidered. Social-engineering methodologies have stepped up a gear, and a world filled with misinformation and fear around COVID-19 has opened up a wealth of opportunities for cybercriminals to abuse.



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