AP Explains: What is ransomware?
May 14, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computers across the world were locked up and users' files held for ransom when dozens of countries were hit in a cyber-extortion attack that targeted hospitals, companies and government agencies.
Here's a look at how malware and ransomware work and what people can do if they fall victim to attacks.
WHAT IS MALWARE AND RANSOMWARE?
Malware is a general term that refers to software that's harmful to your computer, said John Villasenor, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ransomware is a type of malware that essentially takes over a computer and preve...