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You are chief counsel of XYZ Corporation. It’s early Monday morning, and as you pour your coffee, you reach for your phone to check email and notice that your inbox hasn’t updated since the prior evening. In normal COVID-business fashion, you attempt to login to your computer using VPN, but you are still unable to connect. You text a colleague and discover they’re experiencing similar issues. You try to locate your Chief Information Officer’s phone number in your contacts list, but your contacts are not populating appropriately. Later that morning, you receive a frantic call from the CIO, who explains that the company’s IT infrastructure is locked down with ransomware and that a threat actor (TA) left a note demanding payment within three days or company data would be published on the internet, accessible to all.

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