‘Ransomware’ Added to Oxford English Dictionary

Ransomware, n.: A type of malicious software designed to block access to applications or files on a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

The dictionary also explains common forms of ransomware are designed to encrypt users’ data and show a message threatening to permanently delete it, or publish it online, if the ransom isn’t paid in time. In early use, the term referred to a type of open-source software, which is available for free but requires payment for access to all features, functions, and updates.

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