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There has been a re-emergence of some ransomware groups that were thought to be closing down, so I thought I’d re-issue this blog which I put together earlier this year. At that time, I put forward the idea that there is a pervasive opinion within SME management, that ransomware only affects the big companies, that SMEs are just too small to provide a level of reward that cyber criminals are looking for. I also said that there was evidence that when an SME gets hit, the amount asked for is quite small, from around £500 to £1000, and therefore many SMEs simply pay up. There is of course a real danger there because often their data has already been stolen, and sometimes the criminal doesn’t release the data back to the company, leaving the SME not only out of pocket, but unable to continue with business.