Over $1B was paid for ransomware attacks in 2016, an increase of 4X over 2015! Mitigate your risks with these tips. July 8, 2017 by Ryan O'Ramsay Barrett Here’s a scary stat for ya: In 2016, the DOJ estimates over $1 billion was paid for ransomware attacks. That’s an increase of FOUR TIMES over 2015! Here are some good tips on how to mitigate your risks.