doesn’t have to rely on people depositing bags stuffed with cash

Michael30000

Senior Member
Russian
Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Beng Late by Thomas Friedman.

Extortion is bigger business than ever, and now it doesn’t have to rely on people depositing bags stuffed with cash. Earlier this month, cybercriminals attacked a hospital in Los Angeles, then demanded payment in bitcoin to let the hospital regain access to their computers. It’s the most high-profile case yet of cyber-extortion using software known as ransomware.

Does the phrase in question refer to the form in which the ransom could be received in the past (criminals demanding the victim to bring the money in the bag to a specified place) implying that now the ransom can be received in the electronic form?

Thank you.
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Yes. And there was potential to get caught if you had to physically pick up bags of money.
     
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