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A cryptovirus is

a program that infiltrates a system like a normal virus; however, once inside the system, the program begins encrypting files. In this type of attack, an intruder breaks into the company's computer network and inserts the virus. The virus then begins encrypting the system data. The intruder then offers the company the key to decrypt the information in exchange for money.[1]

References Edit

  1. Report on the NS/EP Implications of Intrusion Detection Technology Research and Development, at 38.

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