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Ransomware and Cryptocurrency: What Are They, Who Uses Them, and What Should You Know?

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Cryptolocker Ransomware

Recent ransomware attacks in Atlanta and elsewhere in the country have cities, and businesses, rethinking their network security. And blockchain, a secure method of processing cryptocurrency, is getting a lot of buzz. What is it, who should use it, and why? 


  • Rob Fleischman - Principal architect at Akamai Company, which develops internet infrastructure that delivers web content to consumers. 


Related Reading:


"The Ransomware That Hobbled Atlanta Will Strike Again," from Wired. 

 "Op-ed: A ransomware attack brought Atlanta to its knees - and no one seems to care," from The Hill. 


This video from the NYTimes explains how blockchain works. 

"What is Blockchain and what can businesses benefit from it?" from Forbes. 

"The trust machine: The promise of blockchain," from The Economist.