In addition to the Defense Department recruiting the most tech-savvy Americans earlier this month, the FBI last week urged security experts and businesses to inform the agency if they’re attacked, especially by ransomware.

This malicious software encrypts data on internal computer systems, in effect holding it hostage until hackers receive a ransom in exchange for a decryption key, as The Hill noted on Tuesday. Law enforcement often tells victims to “just pay the ransom,” which helps fuel an almost $1 billion-per-year ransomware industry.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2016/04/01/how-hackers-can-help-you-better-fight-cybercrime/