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What makes ransomware victims less likely to pay up?

Ransomware attackers are more likely to be paid, and receive higher amounts, if they exfiltrate data from victims, according to a study by the University of Twente. The research found that 40% of organisations paid in cases of exfiltration, compared to just 25% where no exfiltration occurred. Companies were more likely to pay if they enlisted the help of an incident response company and less likely to pay if they had recoverable backups.

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