AP Explains: What is ransomware?
June 28, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computers around the world were locked up and users' files held for ransom in a cyberattack Tuesday that paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations.
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, says John Villasenor, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ransomware is a type of malware that essentially takes over a computer and prevents u...