Ransomware is a particularly malicious form of malware that generally performs two functions:
- Encrypt documents and other personal documents and data in the background
- Once step 1 is finished, it will display a message informing you what it has done and advising the “ransom”, an example of which below:
Paying the ransom may or may not result in the files being able to be unencrypted. In some cases the criminals simply do not send the key, in other cases the key is provided but the process has corrupted the files. Whether it works or not it certainly funds and encourages criminal activity.
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