In “Treasury Warns Against Keeping Ransomware Payments Quiet” (1 October 2020), The Wall Street Journal interviews Eric Lorber, vice president, about the latest OFAC guidance on how paying ransomware payments may undermine sanctions compliance. According to Eric, OFAC issued this guidance to help explain why payments are so problematic. He notes, ““Such a payment would likely directly benefit a sanctioned person and damage U.S. national security, and so OFAC does not want to authorize such transactions as a matter of course.”

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