Ha ha ha! I'm going to kidnap that person to get money in return!
Ahhh! Somebody help me!!!!!!
Ransomeware is a subset of malware in which the data on a victim's computer is locked, typically by encryption, and payment is demanded before the ransomed data is decrypted and access returned to the victim.
Hi, I have your son, if you want him back, put 1,000 dollars in your mailbox and I will drop him off at the bench next to the tree on 1st street.
The hacker steals something valuable like a kidnapper stealing a person.
YES!!!! Now I can buy a new car!!!!! (Or some better clothes)
The kidnapper holds the person at a common place.
And asks for money in return for the what they stole.
The hacker negotiates with the victim on how to get the money.
The hacker leaves the what they stole where the victim can find it. To prevent Ransomware, you can make your personal information more secure like going places with more people.