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October 08, 2018

Sekar on ransomware attacks and cybersecurity

 Vyas Sekar was interviewed about the March 2017 ransomware attack on the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus. It was recently revealed that the attack cost the caucus $703,697. Attacks from hackers are increasingly common among public sector agencies and businesses, which are faced with the choice to pay the ransom or not. “There is a possibility that paying the ransom is the cheaper option, but the FBI says it sets a bad precedent for future incidents, and you are more likely to be attacked again. And if you already have a ransomware strategy and recovery mechanism in place, the cost of repair might not be that high,” Sekar said. Read the article.

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