Ransomware has been in the news lately, and, unfortunately, it already may have affected some of this article’s readers. In a ransomware attack, malware is placed on a computer or in a network—through human error or owing to an intentional breach from a nefarious actor—locking up the computer or network by encrypting the data. A message arrives to pay the demanded amount or the lock will stay in place and the computer owner will lose the data. And the possibility exists that even if the ransom is paid, the lock will remain in place and the data will be lost forever.
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