ransomware definition

Definition of ransomware : noun

  1. Malware that compromises or disables a user's system until the user pays a ransom. Classically ransomware involves encrypting the victim's data, rendering it unusable to the victim who owns it until the victim pays the extortionists for a decryption key. Since late 2019 ransomware has almost invariably been combined with data thetf.
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