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Permanent Linkby 121alan on Fri May 17, 2019 7:22 am

The concept behind ransomware, a well-known form of malicious software, is quite simple: Lock and encrypt a victim’s computer data, then demand a ransom to restore access. In many cases, the victim must pay the cybercriminal within a set amount of time or risk losing access forever. And since we’re dealing with criminals here, paying the ransom doesn’t ensure access will be restored.

Ransomware is the online form of the bully’s game of keep-away. The bully could hold your personal files hostage, keeping you from your documents, photos, and financial information. Those files are still on your computer, right in front of you, but they’re encrypted now, making them unreadable. In 2017, the average ransom demand was US$522 — a high price to pay for getting your own property back.

Types of ransomware
Ransomware can come in many shapes and sizes. Some variants may be more harmful than others, but they all have one thing in common: a ransom. The five types of ransomware are:

Crypto malware. Th...

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