Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science and University Honors
Ransomware is a form of extortion in which digital files are rendered inaccessible until a ransom payment is made. Modern ransomware emerged in 2006 and its destructive influence has been expanding ever since. In recent years cybercriminals have evolved who they target, what computer systems they target, and how they infect those systems. Meanwhile, cybersecurity experts have modelled ransomware methods allowing them to innovate their defense techniques across three paradigms: recovery, detection, and prevention. Ultimately either ransomware attackers or ransomware defenders will dominate this ongoing conflict. A review of the literature indicates that the ransomware crime wave will likely be mitigated in the coming decades as security tools improve, users become more aware of the threat, and governmental entities step in to enforce punishments.
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Klusnick, Jacob D., "Understanding Ransomware Trajectory to Create an Informed Prediction" (2021). University Honors Theses. Paper 1111.