Overheard: Word of the Day

Mar 29 2010   2:31PM GMT

Overheard talking about ransomware

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“Turning hijacked computers into cash is still hard work for most computer criminals.  They’ve got to trick the infected PC into sending spam, then trick a recipient into buying a useless product — or they have to steal online banking passwords, log onto a victim’s account, bypass the bank’s money transfer fraud controls and so on. It’s much easier to just demand cash directly from infected users — a crime that’s the Internet’s equivalent of kidnapping.”

Bob Sullivan, Give me your money, or your computer gets it

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is ransomware.

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