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The decades-long geopolitical struggle known as the Cold War comes to mind when looking at the current, ongoing fight against ransomware.

Sure, the stakes in today’s conflict against the hackers who build and spread data-kidnapping malware aren’t nearly as apocalyptic as those in the superpower showdown. But the comparison remains valid in this crucial respect: Both clashes are characterized by opposing sides engaged in an ever-escalating and seemingly endless battle of weapons and wits, in which a move by one side is met with a countermove by the other. Move, countermove, move again.

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