Ransomware is a type of computer virus that can infect a system whenever a user clicks on a malicious link, visits a malicious website, or downloads a malicious file. In a ransomware attack, the hacker encodes data which can only be retrieved by paying a ransom and obtaining the encryption key used for decoding.

As with most cybersecurity threats, the amount and severity of ransomware attacks are increasing annually. The U.S. Department of Justice has estimated that over 100,000 computers around…

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