--[ How We Got Here: The Rise of Ransomware

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Abstract

As a level-setter for the audience, this brief will detail the history of ransomware and how "kids in their moms basement" rose to the level of generating a summit about it between the leaders of the two most powerful nations in the world. The brief is based wholly on open source reporting, and is broken into X phases of the ransomware arc: Nuisance, Extortion, Ransomware as a Service (culminating with Colonial Pipeline), and the current state of the Ecosystem, post-summit. The brief will introduce the major players, both current and historical, and outline the tangled web of linkages between groups, services, and payloads.