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Ransomware

Definition

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that threatens to publish or otherwise misuse your data by perpetually blocking your access to your Mac, browser or files until a ransom is paid. Ransomware prevents you from accessing your system or personal files and demands ransom payment in order to regain access. These days, it is common by ransomware developers to demand payment to be sent via cryptocurrency or credit card.

Behavioral Examples

Once you have been attacked by a ransomware, you’ll know. But here are some behavioral examples of how ransomware would normally try to attack (if the attempts are (even) visible).

  • Email messages sent by an unknown source, luring you into the installation of something which you don’t quite understand (pay attention, a phishing could be a form of ransomware facilitation).
  • Out of context incentives like ‘click to download’ or ‘click to install’ without a clear explanation of what is it.
  • Your screen is occasionally (or suddenly) being blocked
  • You get a blue/black screen of death

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