Snippet: Ransomware Is Increasingly Impacting Day-to-Day Life ☇

Shared on August 14, 2021

Nick Heer:

Perhaps the most striking thing about this article is that there is only a passing mention of Bitcoin — and nothing about cryptocurrency more generally — even though these attacks are only possible because of cryptocurrency.

Ransomware has become more of a conversation in security circles and my day job, and I failed to make the connection of its rise and cryptocurrency until this week’s Accidental Tech Podcast. Shortly after, I was cleaning out my Safari Reading List and came across Heer’s post. Between SIM-swap attacks, ransomware, and the energy usage debate, I’m really finding the idea of cryptocurrency for actual use worth it.

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