Link: The Year of Online Extortion

catena d'oroAccording to one security expert, “2016 is proving to be the year of online extortion.” Attackers, he says, are no longer interested in just your credit cards: they want your personal information so they can hold it for ransom ā€” or even sell it to the highest bidder.

Need an example? Look no further than this BBC article, which reports that a cybercriminal infiltrated three US healthcare organization databases and “stole data on hundreds of thousands of patients.” Read the article to find out how this attack may have happened.

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