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: a consideration paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity
ransomed; ransoming; ransoms
: to deliver especially from sin or its penalty
: to free from captivity or punishment by paying a price
Noun The kidnappers demanded a ransom of one million dollars. The family is willing to pay ransom for his release. The ransom note explained the terms under which she would be released. Verb He was held captive for a week before he was ransomed and returned to his family. the prince emptied the treasury to ransom his son from the kidnappers
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NounNo ransom was paid and no concessions were made to Woodke's captors, Kirby said. —Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2023 The official said no ransom was paid and no concession was made to captors. —Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2023 In 1932, The Associated Press reported on an attempt to blackmail the Raisa and her husband with the threat their child would be harmed unless a ransom was paid, according to her biography. —Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 19 Mar. 2023 Paying the ransom also does not guarantee that a victim’s files will be recovered. —Luke Barr, ABC News, 13 Mar. 2023 After the district refused to pay ransom to the hacking gang, which has specialized in targeting educational institutions, the hackers posted about 500 gigabytes of data on the dark web. —Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2023 The district paid the ransom, but the investigation into what information the hackers accessed is still ongoing. —Kimberly Dishongh, Arkansas Online, 5 Feb. 2023 A few days before funds were set to run out, the administration agreed to pay the ransom. —Julian Zelizer, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 Since the seventies, the U.S. has officially refused to pay ransom. —Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2022
VerbAnd specific strains of malware bring different risk factors to ransom negotiations. —Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2023 By holding all those things to ransom behind crypto tollbooths, the holders hoped to convert their tokens to real money. —WIRED, 23 Jan. 2023 The concept is similar to that of ransomware attacks and digital extortion in which law enforcement encourages victims not to pay hackers’ ransom demands so they will be disincentivized to keep trying. —Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 2 Jan. 2023 The locals intend to ransom Santa to the Americans, but after children start disappearing and elves start attacking, the locals realize that subduing Father Christmas will take more force and creativity than expected. —Ilana Gordon, EW.com, 23 Dec. 2022 Similar to ransom payments, the deals may make business sense, allowing a company to get back to normal after a cyberattack, security experts say. —David Uberti, WSJ, 25 July 2022 Forcing a car to lock or disabling power steering could allow an attacker to ransom a vehicle by pressuring the owner to restore functionality. —Michael Mehlberg, Forbes, 6 June 2022 There are four broad categories of potential losses due to cybersecurity breaches: business and operational disruption costs due to recovery activities, ransom demands, legal liabilities and lawsuits. —Brian Greenberg, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Yet huge corporations are successfully held to ransom every day by cyber crooks demanding millions for the safe return of data. —Al Ramich, Forbes, 1 July 2022 See More
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