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ransomware

[ran-suh m-wair] /ˈræn səmˌwɛər/
noun, Digital Technology.
1.
malware planted illegally in a computer or mobile device that disables its operation or access to its data until the owner or operator pays to regain control or access.
Origin of ransomware
2005-2010
First recorded in 2005-10; ransom + -ware
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