- Arun Vishwanath: Cybersecurity experts believe 2016 could be "Year of Online Extortion"
- Thanks to the Internet, malware for hire is available to virtually anyone, anywhere with criminal intent, he says
Arun Vishwanath is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)This week, a hospital in western Kentucky was the latest organization to fall victim to a "ransomware" attack -- a class of malware that encrypts all the files on a computer, only releasing them when a ransom is paid to the hacker holding the encryption key.