Government urged to ban ransom payments to cybercriminals

'That is the urgent task to which the British and other governments should apply themselves,' says former head of NCSC

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Government urged to ban ransom payments to cybercriminals
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Government urged to ban ransom payments to cybercriminals

Ciaran Martin, the founding CEO of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has renewed calls for a ban on ransom payments to hackers, likening the practice to financing terrorist activities.

In an opinion piece for The Times, Martin underscored the urgency of implementing such a ban to curtail the flourishing $20 billion criminal ransomware industry. He argued that rewarding criminalit...

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