Windows pop-up: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

Me: “Ummm, what?”

This was the exchange for tens of thousands of people last month during one of the largest “ransomware” attacks of all time.

Ransomware is a malicious software that holds your system’s data “ransom” forcing one to either pay or else have their data published or deleted. So once this pop-up disables your system, you’ve got a big problem.

As of May 12th, 2017, the attack had infected over 75,000 users in 100 countries.

At NanoLabs, we strive to better understand the latest technology and business issues. That’s why last Monday, the Berlin-based innovation consultancy EDGIZE took the opportunity to lead the discussion on ransomware at our weekly NanoLabs session. The creation of Claudia Becker and Silvan Horbert, EDGIZE consults companies in a variety of digital and creative fields and help them develop solutions to the ever-changing nature of technology.

The objective of the workshop was to brainstorm other, less malignant, use cases around the ransomware model. With someone’s undivided attention, like 75,000 someones, what would you request them to do?