Contributed by Stephen Davis

A Siege is a tactical assault that surrounds a fortified place in a way to isolate it from help and supplies. Sieges involve taking key points to weaken the target in order to take over. In a way this is what the malicious ransomware; CryptoLocker does to any computer it infects. Just think that of your computer as the battleground, and your money as the target. “The word ransomware and the associated phenomenon appeared something like 3 years ago, around the year 2005. It shed light on a specific class of malwares which demand a payment in exchange for a stolen functionality.” (Gazet 77-80).

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