Many people became victims of one of the most unusual ransomwares. Instead of having to pay money to regain control of their files, victims have to play a game of one of the most popular battle royale shooters. The multiplayer game in question is no other than PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the virus is suggestively called PUBG Ransomware.
An unusual type of ransomware
Encrypting files and asking for money in exchange of them is a thing of the past. Now, hackers get more creative when it comes to devising files that corrupt our computers. At first, PUBG Ransomware looks just like any other ransomware. If you open it on your computer, it will start encrypting files.
It will move all the encrypted files on a folder on the desktop that will have the extension .PUBG. Of course, you won’t be able to access them anymore. Usually, ransomware victims had to pay some money or make a different payment if they wanted their files back.
PUBG Ransomware offers you a fun way to decrypt your files
Here is where PUBG Ransomware is different. Instead of asking for payments, hackers ask the victims to play a game of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The message tells victims they have to spend at least an hour playing the game. However, they actually need to just launch the game. When you do this, the ransomware will see it and it will decrypt your files immediately.
This might not sound like a serious cyberattack, but you shouldn’t treat it like a joke. It’s true, you can regain control of your files really easily, but it can still encrypt them. You can take it as a warning that you should be really careful with the security of your computer and your files.
If you’ve been a victim of PUBG Ransomware, take it as a warning. This ransomware was easy to decrypt, but you might not be as lucky next time. Make sure you secure your files, and pay attention to what you download.
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