Elreg slavishly echoing cyberscare marketroids
The blog behind this story claims the FBI told CNN that $209 million USD was paid in ransomware in 2016 already. Well, it is true that any number of news and web sites fell for that. But the latest April 2016 FBI press release on the subject (https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/cleveland/news/press-releases/ransomware-latest-cyber-extortion-tool) says $23 million in 2014 and $24 million in 2015.
So it would seem that $25 million in 2016 would be a better prediction than the $1 billion that is getting spouted by the cybersec vendors.