Workshop on ransom, extortion, kidnapping and cybercrime

Tuesday 16 May 2023, 10:00-15:00


During the workshop we will explore the evolving business model of ransom and extortion, and compare and contrast different forms of ransom. A particular focus will be on whether insight from hostage taking and kidnapping can inform the strategy against ransomware.

The workshop will be a mixture of short presentations on related, ongoing research, as well as structured group tasks/panel discussion in which we explore the similarities and differences across different types of extortion.

The event is organised by the Institute of Applied Economics and Social Value and as a part of the Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) theme on Quantification and Cyber Risk.

The workshop will take place in The Yard (part of the Hugh Aston Building) in rooms TY1.05 and TY1.06. Anyone is free to attend the event but please register in advance.

If you have any questions or want further details then please let us know by contacting Edward Cartwright (, Anna Cartwright ( or Godwin Okafor (

Register your attendance here.

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