Making ransomware payments illegal would eliminate one of the few options that victims have to recover their data and get back to work quickly.

Time is money. Sometimes paying a ransom is less expensive than withholding one—and being forced to laboriously rebuild an IT system and restore data from backups. And companies often face a choice that could drastically affect their business: Companies have seen criminals threaten to leak or sell stolen data if extortion payments aren’t made.

The Wall Street Journal

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