It’s time to treat Bitcoin ransom as stolen goods

Author: William "Bud" Roth

Categories: Cyber beat, Sasakawa USA Blog

There has been a lot of legal debate about whether Bitcoin is a currency, a security, or a commodity. That judgement will ultimately determine whether Bitcoins used to pay ransom are treated as stolen money (fungible) or stolen goods (reclaimable). Law enforcement should treat Bitcoin as a commodity and, in doing so, the victims of ransomware who pay would have recourse against all future owners of the ransomed Bitcoins to reclaim them.

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Patching human OS: End users matter in cybersecurity

Author: Graham Cadwell Dietz

Categories: Cyber beat, Sasakawa USA Blog

When public figures talk about combatting cyberterrorism and protecting networked infrastructure, they may envision technical solutions with stronger firewalls, better encryption, and more stringent password requirements. But changes in culture and practices on networked devices are also very important, if perhaps more difficult, in reducing risk from security incidents.

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