A RANSOWMARE is a malware that denies the legitimate user’s access to their own files and devices by encrypting them using advanced algorithms and asking for a ransom (payment) in order to unblock them.
The website component is the less sophisticated part of the phishing attack: the cybercriminals are simply copying the legitimate pages of the reputed entities, imitate their legitimate authentication, configuration and usage processes, and place them under domain names very close to the originals or camouflaged in complex URL constructions that give the unaware user without any clue where it is hosted or whether is the original or fake website.
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