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What was the first ransomware?

The first-ever ransomware was created in 1989 by Harvard biologist Joseph L. Popp. He perpetrated the attack by distributing 20,000 floppy disks to AIDS researchers. This ransomware was known as the AIDS ransomware or the PC Cyborg Trojan. Learn more about the common ways ransomware attacks happen today and how to prevent them.