Definition of ransomware in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈransəmˌwer/


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
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ran·som·ware

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