Researchers Mixed on Sanctions for Ransomware Negotiators

Ransomware negotiators may have to pay up in new ways if they intercede with cybercriminals on companies’ behalf. Several researchers weighed in on the wisdom of the move, with mixed reactions.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury said Thursday that companies that facilitate ransomware payments to cyber-actors on behalf of victims may face sanctions for encouraging crime and future ransomware payment demands. These facilitators can fall into multiple camps, including financial institutions, cyber-insurance firms, and security firms involved in digital forensics and incident response.

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Source: ThreatPost