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Three New Dimensions to Ransomware Attacks Emerge during Pandemic, says Shahzaib Ali. Three significant new trends in cyber-attacks have emerged from the Covid-19 emergency. A new generation of attack software which has been developing since last summer has come of age and been deployed. The business model for extracting payment from victims has changed so that there are multiple demands for payments of different kinds. Thirdly, the kinds of clients that the gangs are targeting seems to have shifted.