Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) designed to block access to a computer system or mobile device until a sum of money is paid. Ransomware can destroy personal and business files, leading to stolen data and large financial losses. Once the PC is infected, files are encrypted and inaccessible.
Ransomware targets a specific individual within a business, or a consumer with a link or attachment that infects your computer system with malware or leads you to an infected website. Three ways ransomware can take shape are:
Spear phishing emails
Advertisements or pop-up windows