On 16 December, an article from Proskauer says that, in the US, law enforcement is now moving past its old strategy of strongly discouraging victims from paying ransoms. Regulatory agencies – such as OFAC and the SEC – are implementing regulations to prevent victims from paying ransom to buy their way out of a ransomware attack. It advises that firms should consider the impact of the OFAC requirements (and other regulations that will inevitably emerge to address Ransomware concerns) in their contracting with third parties, to ensure that their partners understand what will be expected of them in the event of a Ransomware incident.
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