We are hackers and cyber defenders working to fight cyber criminals. Ask Us Anything about the rising ransomware epidemic!
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Hi Reddit! We are cybersecurity experts and members of the Ransomware Task Force, here to talk about the ransomware epidemic and what we can do collectively to stop it. We’ve been in this game a long time, and are ready for your questions.
- Jen Ellis, VP of Community and Public Affairs @ Rapid7 (u/infosecjen)
- Bob Rudis, Chief Data Scientist @ Rapid7 (u/hrbrmstr)
- Marc Rogers, VP of Cybersecurity @ Okta (u/marcrogers)
- James Shank, Security Evangelist @ Team Cymru (u/jamesshank)
- Allan Liska, Intelligence Analyst @ Recorded Future
Were you affected by the gas shortage on the East Coast recently? That was the indirect result of a ransomware attack on the Colonial Gas Pipeline. Ransomware used to be a niche financial crime, but is now an urgent national security risk that threatens schools, hospitals, businesses, and governments across the globe.
These criminals will target anyone they think will pay up, getting millions in laundered profits, and we are on the frontlines in this fight.
Ask Us Anything on ransomware or cybercrime, whether you’ve never heard of it or work on it every day.
(This AMA is hosted by the Institute for Security and Technology, the nonprofit organizer of the Ransomware Task Force that we belong to.)______________________________________________
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Update 2: Wow! Thank you all for so many questions. We are slowing down a bit as folks come and go from their day jobs, but will answer as many as we can before we wrap up.
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