Before making our research public, we soft release our reports to a few select media outlets to gain objective feedback from industry colleagues. During the soft release of “The ICIT Ransomware Report”, a pre-edited version of the report was made available in error. The pre-edited version contained language which could have led the reader to believe that the Institute was stating that DHS and the FBI ‘paid’ cyber criminals a ransom to decrypt their records. This is not the case and we apologize to the hard working and professional patriots at the FBI and DHS for the error in accidentally loading the pre-edited version and not the complete version. ICIT works hard to bring powerful, accurate and useful research to those on the front lines of protecting our Nation’s critical infrastructures. The pre-edited version has been deleted from our servers and replaced with the correct report version.