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ransomware

[ ran-suhm-wair ]
/ ˈræn səmˌwɛər /
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noun Digital Technology.

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.

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Origin of ransomware

First recorded in 2005–10; ransom + -ware
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