New Ransomware Encourages Victims to Attack Other Users
16 Dec 2016 Back

New Ransomware Encourages Victims to Attack Other Users

Be aware! There is a new ransomware in the game. Sadly enough hackers have found
a way to make their attacks even more harmful.

This new kind of ransomware "Popcorn Time" malware still locks your computer files with strong AES-256 encryption, until you pay a ransom of usually one bitcoin. But there is an unexpected twist – victims are given an option to unlock their files by sharing a link with two other people (presumably ones the victim doesn't like). If they become infected and both pay the ransom, then the person who was originally infected will receive a free decryption key.

The source code suggests that if a victim enters the decryption code incorrectly more than four times, the ransomware will permanently lock the files. A series of screenshots tweeted by the MalwareHunterTeam, which found the ransomware, shows that the hackers seem to be Syrian, and that the money paid "will be used for food, medicine, and shelter to those in need."

The ransomware message says: "We are extremely sorry that we are forcing you to pay but that's the only way that we can keep living".

Advice varies on what users who are infected should do with ransomware. Most law enforcement organisations recommend not paying the ransoms to stop funding further criminal activities, as there is no guarantee the files will be recovered anyway (some malware attempts to look like ransomware, but simply deletes the files outright).

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