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Data downer: Hackers will grow increasingly bold in 2017

Data downer: Hackers will grow increasingly bold in 2017

The new year begins with two big unanswered questions on the cybercrime front: Did the Russians influence the U.S. presidential election and how did hackers gain access to 1.5 billion Yahoo accounts?

The fact that we may never have definitive answers suggests that 2017 will be just as digitally perilous for most people as last year.

Businesses, meanwhile, will continue grappling with the spread of ransomware — malicious software that encrypts and holds computer files hostage until money gets paid, typically in the form of untraceable bitcoins.

Bottom line: Hackers often have everything to gain and little to lose from their criminal activities, which leaves...

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