This development brings to light the success made in avoiding ransomware attacks after companies and the US government stepped in to tackle such threats by cybercriminals. Taking victim-centered, preventive, disruptive action seems to be the way forward in undermining the ransomware business model.
While regulatory efforts and increased awareness may have forced hackers to change their business model, these criminals are not going to simply quit this immensely profitable illegal activity. It is likely that the decline in payments stems from a change in targets, as attackers focus on lower-profile victims to steer clear of officials and the media.
There is an 80% chance that the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act (DCCPA) will be passed before 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.