One of the most frustrating threat innovations of the last decade has been ‘ransomware’ malware. Initially considered just a consumer threat, both government and commercial enterprise networks can now be listed among its victims.
Ransomware refers to malware that demands a payment for ‘a service.’ Typically, that service is the safe return of data or user access to a device. A visible notification informs the user that access to their data or device is restricted and is accompanied by a payment demand. Upon payment, the ransomware grants the user access to their data or system. Ransomware’s simple solution of a payment in exchange for returning control and access to the victim appeals to the targeted individual or organization’s desire to “get back to normal as soon as possible.”
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