[ ran-suh m-wair ]
/ ˈræn səmˌwɛər /
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for ransomware
Ransomware “gangs” are successfully extorting $5 million a year, Symantec estimates.
Ransomware also can find people in other cyber back alleys, too: illegal music and movie downloaders are common targets.