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What is Crypto Ransomware | Definition and Meaning

Last modified on Sunday, October 8, 2023

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Defining Crypto Ransomware

Crypto ransomware is a form of ransomware that locks a user's files through encryption. The computer is typically still interactable, but many of the user files are encrypted and therefore unusable. Crypto ransomware will typically target user files such as documents, database files, photos, and videos. The hackers typically demand a ransom payment in exchange for the decyption key.

Crypto Ransomware Synonyms

  • Encrypting ransomware, although this is misleading, as locker ransomware often also encrypt system files.

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