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Between 2005 and 2016, ransomware infections were more common than data breaches, making them the most pervasive cyberthreat of the last 11 years. Ransomware attacks may encrypt folders and files or even the entire hard drive, or they may just lock the devices so that users cannot access them. In recent years, attacks have become increasing sophisticated; crypters can make reverse-engineering extremely difficult, and offline encryption methods can eliminate the need for command and control communications by taking advantage of legitimate features.

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