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And that's bad news for everyone. There's been "a massive escalation" in both the number of attempts and the size of demands as criminals scramble for the hot cryptocurrency bitcoin, said Michael Tanenbaum, an executive vice president at Zurich-based Chubb. There's been "a massive escalation" in both the number of attempts and the size of demands as criminals scramble for the hot cryptocurrency, said Michael Tanenbaum, an executive vice president at Zurich-based Chubb. Insurers like Chubb are a good place to look for information on costs from ransomware - a type of malicious software that blocks access to computer files until victims pay a toll.
Globally, security firms say incidents have exploded, ranging from precision hacks to this year's mass assaults, like WannaCry.
Insurers have a unique view of what actually gets paid, especially in the most expensive cases, because they may shoulder the burden.
Typically, they enlist third-party specialists, such as Kivu Consulting and Navigant Consulting, to facilitate cryptocurrency payments and investigate perpetrators. Those firms say business is booming. This year's frenzy for bitcoin has made hackers bolder, demanding larger payouts, said Winston Krone, a global managing director who oversees Kivu's ransomware services. His firm has teams of multi-lingual investigators trained to negotiate with hackers or ensure clients aren't dealing with a terrorist group, which can run afoul of US laws.
Short of that, it's the customer's decision whether to give in to extortion, he said. It might seem counterintuitive that ransoms would rise because of bitcoin's price. After all, the cryptocurrency can be split into tiny fractions, allowing payments of any amount.
But some extortionists have been slow to adjust bitcoin-denominated demands amid the rally, according to Christiaan Beek, who leads strategic threat intelligence research for McAfee , the cybersecurity firm. A criminal network initially seeking a few bitcoins per victim might keep collecting that amount for months. Ransomware claims at Beazley are on pace to rise more than 70 per cent this year to To be sure, observations vary.
Insurers also rolled out separate products for cyber attacks. Ransomware is now rattling that market. Within general kidnapping policies, there often was little to no deductible for online extortion schemes, said Anthony Dagostino, global head of cyber risk at Willis Towers Watson. Confirmation Code:. Activate account. Resend confirmation code. Forgot your password?
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