Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Malware that holds the data of a computer user for ransom.
  • n. Software that is released as open source only in exchange for payment.

Etymologies

ransom +‎ -ware (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Hack In The Box

  • 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.

    Hack In The Box

  • 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.

    Help Net Security - News

  • Some of them have recently started to adopt a more aggressive approach, known as ransomware, where they block critical system functionality until a license fee is paid.

    Softpedia News - Global

  • A new piece of "ransomware", a piece of malware that is actually acting like a legitimate program, has cropped up and is now demanding $400 from users that is says are violating copyright laws.

    Tech Support Forums - TechIMO.com

  • Holding data hostage is sometimes done using "ransomware" Otherwise known as "ransom software."

    ActiveRain Real Estate Network

  • The onset of cloud, social media and virtualization technologies will lead the cybercriminals to adopt new methods such as ransomware and crime as a service, is going to threaten the enterprise at large.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • The scheme is a new one in the world of "ransomware," the practice of mucking with users 'files then extorting money to release them back to their rightful owners, said Rik Ferguson, a senior security researcher with Trend Micro's U.K. office.

    Hack In The Box

  • Russian police are reportedly investigating a criminal gang that installed malicious "ransomware" programs on thousands of PCs and then forced victims to send SMS messages in order to unlock their PCs.

    Hack In The Box

  • It's about time these malware creators were held to account for this "ransomware" thing.

    AfterDawn.com

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