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Ransomware is a form of malware cybercriminals use to encrypt data stored in computers or online servers. Cybercriminals demand payment to release the encryption key blocking the user from accessing the encrypted data. Payment is typically made through diverse mediums, including digital currency like Bitcoin. Once payment has been made, the victim is generally provided with instructions on decrypting their data.
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, formerly known as Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, provides enterprise-level protection to endpoints to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats.