On Wednesday, President Trump signed an order to reverse an Obama-era memorandum, dictating the U.S. governments use of cyberweapons. By reversing the rules outlined in the classified memorandum known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, President Trump is making it easier for U.S. Cyber Command to deploy cyberweapons and interfere with adversarial cyberattacks on the United States.
When you think of ransomware, you probably think of the people behind these malicious exploits to be basement-dwelling, hoodie-toting, socially-reclusive hackers. Or maybe you think of big bad cybercriminals within an anonymous organized crime network. But the truth of the matter is ransomware is not as elusive and complex as you may have believed. It is one of the most accessible pieces of malware that can be bought and sold as long as you know how to get to it. And getting to it isn’t nearly as difficult as you may have perceived.