‘Ransomware’ only unlocks files after playing PUBG

Apr

11

2018

A recently discovered ransomware variant, called PUBG Ransomware, does not require a ransom for unlocking files for the change. Instead, the “victim” must play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or enter a code.

The ransomware, discovered by MalwareHunterTeam , locks files on the desktop with a .pubg extension. It seems to be a joke, since the PUBG Ransomware program reports that the victim does not have to pay any money. To unlock the files again, it is only necessary to start the game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

The program reports that it is necessary to play the battle royale game for one hour, but that requirement is fairly easy to circumvent. The underlying code of PUBG Ransomware only searches for the activation of a process called TslGame.exe, so that creating and executing an exe file with this name is sufficient.

Anyone who has had enough to jump off an airplane in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or who is not in possession of the game, can also make the ransomware harmless by entering a code displayed by the program.

A year ago there was already ‘ransomware’ that was mainly meant as a joke. MalwareHunterTeam, a team that detects various types of malware, then found RensenWare . This program demands that those affected achieve a score of 200 million points in a Touhou game. This condition is much more difficult to achieve than that of PUBG Ransomware. Partly because of this, the maker of Rensenware later regretted and published a tool to free the encrypted files.

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