Ransomware is one of many types of malicious attacks against systems. Ransomware is characterized by its modus operandi of locking a user out of their system, and demanding payment to return the system to a usable state. Although just one of a myriad of types of attacks, ransomware stands out as an attack that can cause massive financial complications. Ransomware attacks target all user levels from the basic home user to large corporations and government entities.
Following the Tech Brief link will display an article with a little more information on ransomware attacks. Due to the massive nature of the subject matter, it is advised to do further research on the topic to learn more. As with all technology, ransomware is a living and evolving discipline so information is up to date as of December 2018.