Malware that encrypts files, drives, and more on your device with a key known only to the attacker. To retrieve the key, you are often required to pay a ‘ransom’ in crypto currency or risk losing all of your data. Some forms of Ransomware may also threaten to publish sensitive data publicly.
Ransomware has become one of the most prominent and common types of attacks. It can best be thwarted by creating safe copies of data and using software that detects Ransomware behavior.« Back to Glossary Index