Miles Auvil, left, and Mark Busby address the crowd at MeriTalk's Accelerating Data Center Transformation event on Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo: MeriTalk)
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Ransomware attacks, which the FBI estimated could cost the United States $1 billion this year, have “become a real plague on the Internet,” according to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. As these attacks are becoming more sophisticated and destructive, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary addressed whether law enforcement has the right tools to foil them.