What is Ransomware?

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware (Malicious Software) that aims to bypass network security protections, gain a foothold on endpoint devices or servers, discover and spread to other nodes on the network, and then at some point encrypt the data on devices and servers so that the cybercriminals behind the attack can demand a ransom from the affected organization in exchange for a decryption tool.

Ransomware can also be used for what is called double extortion. This is when cybercriminals make a copy of the data they’ve encrypted and store it in another location. Then they can sell it on the dark web to the highest bidder or leak the information to a public website.

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