Malware has come a long way since the days of floppy disks and command prompt. What was once largely designed for purposes of sabotage has evolved into the centerpiece of a very real black market operation.
Ransomware isn’t exactly new (its origins date back as early as 1989), but it has become increasingly popular as hackers seek to monetize their hobbies. Businesses are particularly hard hit; their data is much more difficult to write off compared to the end user.
Yet is ransomware so different than any other type of virus or malware? What is it that makes ransomware so special and how will we react to its growth? These are all questions we need to ask as we edge closer to the third decade of the 21st century.