Unfortunately, the answer is you won’t know (if you choose to pay the ransom) until the extortionists have cashed your bitcoin wallet and made their getaway. The reality is that this form of extortion is based on the hope that you will get the decryption key and be able to restore your data. 
In the early days of ransomware, the success rate of getting your data back was as high as 90 percent but unfortunately that is no longer true. Current publications put the success rate of getting your data back at between 30 and 60 percent.
But the bottom line is that if you choose to pay the ransom, it will be a gamble with no guarantee that you will get the promised decryption key. So, as you make your decision, as to whether to pay or not, you need to ask the question: “What will I do if I pay the ransom and get nothing in return?” 
Ten startling trends to watch: 
1. The highest ransom the company paid out for its clients in 2018 was over $930,000.
2. Small-to-midsized businesses have the largest risk and often the least protection.
3. Many cities are being targeted. The ransom may only be $10,000 but the damages and recovery costs could be in the millions. Recent several cities have incurred large losses such as Atlanta, Baltimore, New York City, Riveria Beach, and more.
4. Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that ransomware damages would exceed $8 billion in 2018.
5. Just because you pay the ransom doesn’t mean you will get your data back or be safe from more attacks.
6. Industries most vulnerable to attacks include large, multinational businesses; and institutions (schools, cities, etc.), and healthcare.
7. Individuals are also being attacked and fear losing family pictures.
8. Ransomware can be easily procured and there are a many to choose from.
9. Ransomware costs businesses more than $75 billion per year.
10. There is cybersecurity insurance, but many companies don’t have it. FedEx didn’t have cybersecurity insurance in 2017 and attributed a $300 million loss in its Q1 2017 earnings report to the NotPetya ransomware attack.
 Article submitted by Mike Green, Executech. Executech is a member of the South Coast Development Council, Inc. The purpose of this article is to help raise awareness of potential losses due to ransomware attacks. Thanks Mike!
 2017-2019 Ransomware statistics and facts (https://www.comparitech.com/antivirus/ransomware-statistics/)
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