In the wake of WannaCry, Róisín Kiberd examines the rise of ransomware
Ransomware is a child of the 1980s, but only just. Its first documented appearance dates back to 1989, in the form of a floppy disk fixed to a magazine calledPC Business World, posing as a free gift. When inserted, the disk triggered a series of actions which modified the user’s hard drive. A few reboots later, malware would kick in and lock the user out, demanding they send money to a PO box in Panama. If your printer was plugged in, it would even print out an invoice.
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