Ransomware and Trustworthy Hackers

Fascinating story about a person who was infected with ransomware and paid to get their files back.  The story about the technology enabling this is interesting but you can’t overlook the sophistication and the business savvy of some of these operations:

“From what we can tell, they almost always honor what they say because they want word to get around that they’re trustworthy criminals who’ll give you your files back.”

Welcome to the new ransomware economy, where hackers have a reputation to consider.

via How My Mom Got Hacked – NYTimes.com.