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2016 has been a good year for Internet businesses. Unfortunately, one of those fast-growing internet businesses is ransomware, a malware that infects computer systems and denies users access to those infected systems. Users are unable to regain access until they pay a “ransom” to the party that infected their systems.

The FBI reported that there were 2,453 ransomware complaints to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in 2015, a number likely to increase significantly in 2016. Hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, police offices, and numerous businesses have all been the victims of ransomware attacks this year.

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