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Your Grandma Could Be the Next Ransomware Millionaire

Today’s as-a-service technology has democratized ransomware, offering practically anyone with a computer and an Internet connection an easy way to get in on the game.

HELP WANTED: Are you looking to pad your golden years and increase your grandkids’ birthday money? Forget about reverse mortgages; instead, join our network of ransomware agents. If you can play bridge online, you can run your own ransomware campaign.

The billion-dollar ransomware business, and fifth-highest distributed malware according to the 2017 Verizon DBIR, is now accessible to anyone — no technical expertise required. Just like you can use an app to get a date, a ride, or even a mortgage, today’s as-a-service technology has democratized ransomware, offering no-skilled criminals — or grandmothers who need a little extra cash — a low-friction way to get in on the game. And it’s having an impact on enterprises.

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