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[ 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.

Nearby words

rankshift, ransack, ransom, ransom, john crowe, ransome, ransomware, rant, rant and rave, rantallion, ranters, rantoul

Origin of ransomware

First recorded in 2005–10; ransom + -ware 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 Scams Prey on Your Sense of Guilt to Open Your Wallet|Winston Ross|August 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • Ransomware also can find people in other cyber back alleys, too: illegal music and movie downloaders are common targets.