Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of UK once said - A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
In the onslaught of ransomware being perpetrated against organisations and individuals worldwide, an optimist saw the opportunity. This optimist founded Coveware, a company in the US that helps small firms negotiate with cyber criminals to reduce ransom amounts, paying them in Bitcoins.
Coveware apparently has had a 100% success rate receiving decryptor tools from attackers although the full data recovery rate after the decryptor is fully exhausted is about 90%.
Coveware underlines the important to organisations that have been hit - not becoming a repeat victim.