When it comes to paying a ransom, there is something better than money—yes, digital money. Its decentralized and untraceable nature make it the perfect partner for financially motived attacks that rely on some form of immediate payment for success. Hello, ransomware. As individuals wander virtually through the internet, they inevitably pick up various viruses and infections, much like a tick attaches itself to a hiker’s leg, which they then bring back to contaminate their own system. These variations of computer viruses, bugs, and malware have the ability to wreak havoc on personal boundaries, often without the user’s knowledge. And with the recent marriage of ransomware and cryptocurrency, the threatscape has gotten a lot more serious.
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