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Ransom…what? Here’s a friendly reminder to our new readers: a ransomware is a malicious software that can highjack your data by blocking access to it, that is, unless a ransom is paid. It enters your computer through existing system vulnerabilities or through malicious mailing campaigns spreading pretty much the same way as a Trojan horse.
Nowadays, the exponential growth of ransomware is overshadowing the evolution of other types of cyber-threats. But there’s a reason for that! This criminal activity – a very successful business as we’ll see – is fooling an increasing number of naïve users, targeting more and more established businesses.
But what are the origins of this type of cyberattack, its variations and what is hiding beneath the flourishing economy of the global ransomware threat?