Ransomware with Tim Gallo and Allan Liska

Ransomware uses software to extort people. A piece of ransomware might arrive in your inbox looking like a PDF, or a link to a website with a redirect. Ransomware is often distributed using social engineering. The email address might resemble someone you know, or a transactional email from a company like Uber or Amazon.

Tim Gallo and Allan Liska are authors of the O’Reilly book Ransomware: Defending Against Digital Distortion. They join me to describe the 5 stages of ransomware: deployment, installation, command and control, destruction, and extortion. Tim and Allan describe conditions under which it might make sense to pay the extortion, and some frightening recent cases of ransomware impacting the real world.

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