Like playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds? Even if you don’t, you must. Recently a PUBG Ransomware has surfaced which locks all of the user files until you play PUBG.
So depending if you can take a joke or two, there are either two options, once you encounter this malware. The first one being, play PUBG for one hour in order to unlock those files or perhaps if you do not have the appetite for such stunts then you may also enter a code to decrypt those files.
How this, PUBG Ransomware works? is pretty simple, as soon as the user launches the ransomware, it starts encrypting files and folders of the users, exclusively the ones on the desktop.
Furthermore, it changes the file formats as well, so in a way, they all become invalid and un-openable. After it finishes encrypting those files, a screen is displayed that will give the user those two options.
Either choose the code and enter it or play the game to unlock your files.
That said, we came to know about this through a Tweet by Malware Hunter team. Not sure what they aim to do with such move, although one thing is for sure, it is pretty hilarious.
Another top quality ransomware that asks you to play a game to decrypt files: "PUBG Ransomware".
This sample only encrypts files on desktop (including subdirectories)…@BleepinComputer @demonslay335 pic.twitter.com/5406DPbwmX
— MalwareHunterTeam (@malwrhunterteam) April 9, 2018
For those who want to know a bit more about how will they be able to recognize it, we have made available below what the screen reads when it finishes encrypting your files.
Your files, images, musics, documents are Encrypted!
Your files is encrypted by PUBG Ransomware!
but don’t worry! It is not hard to unlock it.
I don’t want money!
Just play PUBG 1Hours!
Or Restore is [ s2acxx56a2sae5fjh5k2gb5s2e ]
You can use the restore code and type it in the space provided in the menu and by clicking on the restore, it will restore everything back to normal.
Although there is a minor inconvenience in that as well, you will have to type in the code and will not be able to copy it as the restore code is in the provided image form, so you can not copy paste it.
That said, PUBG hacks seem to be everywhere, almost across the globe. Recently the news regarding Dell marketing its 8th generation laptops using PUBG Hacks in China came out.
So while the game is a hot favorite, there may be more malware and hacks coming our way. So stay safe and stay protected.