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How to catch cybercriminals? Old-school sleuthing, with a digital twist

Criminals are aware their emails contain revealing clues, and they try to cover their tracks

Katrin Benhold & Mark Scott  |  London 

Bank robbers wear masks and escape in vans with stolen license plates. Kidnappers compose ransom letters from newsprint to elude handwriting experts. Burglars target houses with the upstairs window ajar. Cybercriminals do much the same. They hide behind software that obscures their identity and leads investigators to look in countries far from their actual hide-outs. They kidnap data and hold it hostage. And they target the most vulnerable companies and people whose information is poorly protected. Cybercrimes, like the global ransomware attack that began on Friday and ...

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