The motive for ransomware attacks is nearly always monetary, and unlike other types of attacks, the victim is usually notified that an exploit has occurred and is given instructions for how to recover from the attack. Payment is often demanded in a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, so that the cybercriminal’s identity is not known. One way to recover from this type of ransomware attack is to resort to backups, if they exist. Unfortunately, many do not have backups that are isolated from the host computer. What makes ransomware so difficult to recover from is the encryption, which ironically continues to be one of the best methods of securing data from hackers.