"Ransomware victims will simply find another way to pay."

Counterpoint: they won't. They simply won't pay, and deal with the data/productivity loss instead.

@tedu I don't understand how ransomware is effective. Wouldn't people not trust that it would relinquish their device even after they've paid? People trust criminals that expect normal people to pay lots of money to get their computer back?

@vital876 actually a real source of contention. The more professional criminals worry that scammers will destroy the market. There is, to my understanding, something of a brand reputation involved. As a company, you hire consultants to pay the ransom, but also to assess the likelihood of return. As a criminal enterprise, the consultants are repeat customers, so it helps to not screw them over. A giant cloud of shady hangs over all.
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