A type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid: although ransomware is usually aimed at individuals, it’s only a matter of time before business is targeted as well
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- Users infected with a new strain of ransomware found their computers held hostage in exchange for a money transfer demanded by its creators.
- Sophos notes that this is not the first example of ransomware.
- Issues covered include the changing nature of malware, the growing prevalence of Trojan horses and the emergence of new threats such as ransomware.
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