"Holding files for ransom is fast, low risk and easily monetizable—especially with Bitcoin to collect anonymous payment," the Verizon report stated.
Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report put a price tag on all these attacks. In 2015, the average ransom was just shy of $300 per victim. In 2016, cybercriminals demanded on average over $1,000 per victim. That number might rise, as Americans are much more likely to pay up than people in other countries, giving hackers more incentive.
So what can you do to help prevent becoming victim? The Verizon report suggests watching out for macro-enabled Microsoft Office documents and updating all of your software.