Ransomware attacks are on the rise as cybercriminals take advantage of the relative ease of extorting people online for money, demanding payment in cryptocurrency from victims around the world. Hacks on critical infrastructure industries, such as health care and energy, have shown just how damaging ransomware attacks can be to daily life. As hackers find novel strategies, companies are beefing up their cybersecurity, and governments are dedicating resources to enhance security within their institutions. The U.S. government is partnering with critical infrastructure companies to strengthen cybersecurity protocols, and some states are moving to prohibit local governments or companies from paying ransoms in hopes of discouraging attacks. As governments and businesses struggle to constantly upgrade their online security, experts say the sudden ubiquity of artificial intelligence ...

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