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Where does ransomware money go?

Ransomware attackers use bitcoin wallets to increase anonymity and decrease the ability for law enforcement to be able to track and identify where ransomware payments go.  

To ensure ransomware payments are never made to nefarious threat actors, Proven Data diligently follows compliance standards like the Cyber-Related Sanctions Program enforced by the U.S. Department of the Treasuryโ€™s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Following these guidelines includes screening all bitcoin wallets, IP addresses and email addresses to vet and verify payments are not made to sanctioned entities. Abiding by these sanctions can sometimes inhibit the ability to recover your files, but your safety and security must always be a top priority.

To help law enforcement track and identify ransomware crime, you should always report your ransomware attack to authorities.