Insights |Cyber Security

26th January 2022

Ransomware: What you need to know

Ransomware was in the news quite a bit in 2021. You may have heard stories of attacks on large companies, organisations, or government agencies, or perhaps you as an individual have experienced a ransomware attack on your own device. It’s a significant problem and a scary prospect to have all of your files and data held hostage until you pay up.

In this article: ransomware meaning; types of ransomware; ransomware examples; protection against ransomware. Ransomware meaning: What is ransomware? Ransom malware, or ransomware, is a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their system or personal files and demands ransom payment in order to regain access. While some people might think ‘a virus locked my computer’, ransomware would typically be classified as a different form of malware than a virus. The earliest variants of ransomware were developed in the late 1980s, and payment was to be sent via snail mail. Today...
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