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Definition of "ransomware" [ransomware]

  • Malware that holds the data of a computer user for ransom. (noun)
  • Software that is released as open source only in exchange for payment. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "ransomware" in a sentence
  • "They were victims of a Trojan horse virus called ransomware, which kidnaps documents and encrypts them, meaning users can no longer access their files unless they pay the demand by credit card."
  • "According to Computerworld, this type of scam is a new one in the world of "ransomware" - the practice of holding hostage a computer system or the data it contains, and then extorting money from its rightful owner."
  • "Furthermore, these syndicates employing rogue anti-malware programs have turned from mining personal financial data with these crimeware programs to an extortion model whereby the attackers demand ransom for unlocking a PC that has been infected with so-called ransomware code masquerading as anti-virus software."