Increase of Nation-State Ransomware Cyber Crime
By Rafia

There is a gradual increase in the linkage of global ransomware attacks to nation states. The lines between crime and politics are becoming blurred. The major ransomware attacks comprise of the NotPetya and WannaCry malwares. Both these malwares hijacked a vast number of computers around the world in the year 2017 with the demand that the users of these computers should pay ransom to gain back their access. The agency said, “In addition to attacks by financially motivated criminals, a significant volume of public reporting increasingly attributes global cyber-attacks to the actions of nations states. It’s getting increasingly difficult to determine whether it was a sophisticated cybercrime organized crime group, a state sponsored attacker, or a cyber crime amateur. “The law enforcement agencies need to engage with policy makers, legislators and industry, in order to have a voice in how our society develops”, says the Europol chief Catherine De Bolle, speaking to AFP about GDPR.

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