I can't fix the big font. .. https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/victims-paid-more-24-million-222700088.html The US Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) last week provided new insights into the impact of ransomware and cyberattacks on public institutions and the public. Ransomware is a type of computer virus that scrambles its victim's files and demands a ransom in exchange for the code to restore them. The threat has become prominent in recent years as schools, hospitals, and even police departments have had to pay up to free their files. Last December, US Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware), a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, asked the DOJ and DHS what the government was doing to fight ransomware and how badly the feds had been hit. The DOJ and DHS responses, released last week, shed light on US authorities' struggles with the viruses. The DOJ revealed that the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) had received nearly 7,700 public complaints regarding ransomware since 2005, totaling $57.6 million in damages. Those damages include ransoms paid — generally $200 to $10,000, according to the FBI — as well as costs incurred in dealing with the attack and estimated value of data lost. In 2015 alone, victims paid over $24 million across nearly 2,500 cases reported to the IC3. Government agencies have also been hit But those are incidents reported by the public at large. In its letter, the DHS noted that its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) had initiated or received 321 reports of ransomware-related activity affecting 29 different federal agencies since June 2015. The 321 reports include attempted infections and infections that were dealt with by the agencies' internal security teams.