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Ransomware in the Digital Age: Multidisciplinary Legal Strategies for Minimizing Cryptocurrency Ransom Payments

Via May 2024 issue of LLRXRansomware in the Digital Age: Multidisciplinary Legal Strategies for Minimizing Cryptocurrency Ransom Payments: The year 2023 witnessed an unprecedented escalation in ransomware attacks, affecting users from homeowners to critical infrastructure like healthcare, education, and government. With over 5,200 reported incidents—a 74% increase from the previous year—ransomware has not only intensified in frequency but also sophistication and financial demands, with total payments exceeding $1 billion. This surge highlights the value of data and the increasing likelihood that victims will pay ransoms, often facilitated by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies have played a pervasive role in the rise in ransomware attacks due to their anonymity and ability to facilitate cross-border payments. Jawad Ramal explains how using cryptocurrencies to facilitate ransom payments offers complex challenges due to their high transaction costs and regulatory ambiguities that complicate compliance efforts. The pervasive role of cryptocurrencies in ransomware attacks underscores the necessity for multi-disciplinary legal professions that are capable of utilizing blockchain analytic tools, financial hedging techniques, and general knowledge of the evolving cryptocurrency space. Instituting safe harbor provisions would also ensure that victims do not face the threat of prosecution after making ransom payments.

GAO – Blockchain in Finance

GAO Report via YouTube: “Blockchain creates and records tamper-resistant transactions by multiple parties without a central authority, such as a bank, when used for financial transactions. Recent price crashes, bankruptcies, and fraud involving crypto assets, such as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, raised concerns about regulation and the risks consumers face. Regulatory gaps may limit regulators’… Continue Reading

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) 2023

Via LLRX – Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) 2023 – As stated by Ethereum, “a DAO is a collectively-owned, blockchain-governed organization working towards a shared mission.” Marcus P. Zillman features resources on how DAOs can impact business operations, identifies challenges to participation, and delivers a diverse bibliography of NFT resources that includes governance, regulation, blockchain and… Continue Reading

Google Search starts rolling out ChatGPT-style generative AI results If you opt-in to generative AI

Google Blog, May 25, 2023 – “3 new ways generative AI can help you search. We’re starting to open up access to new generative AI capabilities in Search. Here are three ways to try it out. Today, we’re starting to open up access to Search Labs, a new program to access early experiments from Google.… Continue Reading

2023 State of Crypto Report: Introducing the State of Crypto Index

a16zcrypto: “Emerging technologies evolve in cycles; in crypto, this includes periods of high activity, followed by so-called crypto winters. In the period marked by our now-annual State of Crypto report, it would be easy for a casual observer to overlook the rapid progress the crypto industry is making. Major infrastructure improvements like The Merge –… Continue Reading

The AI hype bubble is the new crypto hype bubble

Pluralistic / Cory Doctorow: “…Blockchain was a solution in search of a problem. So is AI. Yes, Buzzfeed will be able to reduce its wage-bill by automating its personality quiz vertical, and Spotify’s “AI DJ” will produce slightly less terrible playlists (at least, to the extent that Spotify doesn’t put its thumb on the scales… Continue Reading

Blockchain – Innovation or Illusion?

Via Slashdot, EditorDavid: “Adam R. Smith, a software engineer with 40+ years of experience reportedly became frustrated with his friends and associates’ claims about the potential of crypto technology and their subsequent losses of money in various schemes, and set out to write a series of articles explaining what blockchain is and whether it lives… Continue Reading

The Stable in Stable Coins

Federal Reserve Borad, December 16, 2022 – The stable in stablecoins – Garth Baughman, Francesca Carapella, Jacob Gerszten, and David Mills: “Stablecoins have garnered much attention as a key part of the emerging decentralized finance (or “DeFi”) ecosystem, and as a potential way to pay for goods and services. Stablecoins facilitate trades on crypto exchanges,… Continue Reading

CRS Video Seminars on Disruptive Technologies

CRS Seminars on Disruptive Technologies: Videos – Updated December 8, 2022: CRS Seminars on Disruptive Technologies: Videos – “New technologies, and those that represent an evolutionary improvement of an existing tool or process, that exhibit the potential to have large-scale effects on social and economic activity are often referred to as “disruptive” technologies. They can… Continue Reading