Ransomware

An enduring irony of structured attempts to prohibit various nefarious behaviours (including cybercrime) is that the actions taken tend to create evolutionary selection pressures which unwittingly produce the next generation of successful technological malfeasance. Viewed holistically as an ecosystem or complex emergent-systems environment of all possible behavioural states or technological solutions, any specific measure taken to interdict wrongdoing may unintentionally create further opportunities for hackers to structure greater sophistication into the form and function of their tools. This represents a certain gestalt figure/ground logical relationship where, although the specifics of future technical developments may not be directly predictable, the general possibility-space of their activity may be at least partially intuited. We can assume that the domain-name kill-switch used previously in this particular ransomware will no longer be used when the hackers upgrade their tools; we might perhaps also assume that having such a (relatively) rapidly-discovered vulnerability in the ransomware itself could imply that whatever tools and systems the hackers are compiling are themselves under rapid and experimental development.

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