Ransomware

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Ransomware is a category of Malware seen when a Trojan Horse takes over a computer and encrypts the victim's drives, charging money to decrypt it, hence the "ransom".

First known case[edit]

In 1989 the AIDS Trojan was written, claiming to be an AIDS Info Diskette. When you ran the AIDSID, the trojan would encrypt your HDD and display a message demanding money in exchange for a password that decrypts the HDD and recovers your files, involving sending $189 to a Post Office box in Panama. If you did not pay, the drive would remain encrypted & you could not be able to access any files and/or programs.