Ransomware is not a new concept and has been previously filed under the category of annoyances. But in recent years with the advent of the Dark Web (Onion Routing protocols) and Blockchain powered decentralised currencies, they are becoming extremely potent and detrimental to business operations.

To better understand how ransomware is built and targeted it is important to understand how malware is created, marketed, and operated. This understanding will hopefully allow the intended targets (or would be victims) to understand their place in the malware / ransomware threat eco-system.