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The dangers of ransomware attacks

We examine the challenges faced by organisations targeted by computer ransomware attacks.

We examine the challenges faced by organisations targeted by computer ransomware attacks. Monroe College in New York is dealing with one right now, as its director of public affairs Jackie Ruegger explains. Connecticut-based Coveware helps businesses tackle such attacks, and its chief executive Bill Siegel tells us about the latest strain of software being used to lock computers in exchange for a ransom payment, called RYUK. He also discusses the arguments for and against giving in to such demands. Also in the programme, Vodafone has been cleared to acquire Liberty Global in a $20bn deal. We find out more about one of the biggest telecoms takeovers in the last decade from independent telecommunications analyst Paolo Pescatore. Plus, ahead of this weekend's 50th anniversary of the first human moon landing, our reporter examines the boom in the space industry today as Nasa tries to establish a human presence on the moon, and move to Mars.

(Picture: A computer locked by a ransomware attack. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

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