In an article recently published by the California Dental Association http://www.cda.org/ they tell the shocking story of a California Dentist who gets a call from her IT guy telling her that her office server has been hacked and all her patient data has been locked. The only way to get it back is to pay a ransom to the hackers! This new crime uses what is now being called “ransomware”. The hackers break into your system and lock all your important files. Your data and your practice is held hostage until you pay a ransom. Some versions of this story are even more dramatic where the hackers only give you 72 hours to pay or all your data will be erased. The typical ransom can be up to $500. Authorities don’t seem to have any power to you help recover your data. The only advice given is to not pay the ransom. But then what?!