Schneier has written a great post outlining the current and future risk of criminals/organisations/individuals holding our digital enabled devices against us for ransom. The impact of this is already being highlighted by attacks like WannaCry and are only going to get more server in the coming months.
“Everything is becoming a computer. Your microwave is a computer that makes things hot. Your refrigerator is a computer that keeps things cold. Your car and television, the traffic lights and signals in your city and our national power grid are all computers. This is the much-hyped Internet of Things (IoT). It’s coming, and it’s coming faster than you might think. And as these devices connect to the Internet, they become vulnerable to ransomware and other computer threats.”