With everything talking about how pervasive malware item has become, we would like to show you what it means to give a phone or a PC user a heart attack without actually stealing anything from his or her device. Recently, a team of online security experts from the Malware Hunter has identified a gag ransomware that locks your phone and asks you to play an eccentric anime game in exchange for the unlock code.
Here is what you need to know about the next-generation of ransomware. First of all, it’s not actually a true malware, meaning that it doesn’t steal anything from your device, albeit the perspective would seem far more enticing if you’re not into anime or playing platforms.
According to Malware Hunter Team, the new ransomware which seems to have everyone on edge is called Rensenware, and it was developed by a Twitter user who goes by the name or rather nickname of Tvple Eraser.
So, this guy wanted to prank some people over the Internet and, the best way to do that was by creating a fake ransomware agent. Shortly after people started complaining about their devices becoming locked by Rensenware, Eraser posted on his Twitter account that he feels sorry about the prank and, in order to make it up to people, he devised a smart tool that can be used to bypass the code.
How can one recognize Eraser’s ransomware? Well, the Malware Hunter Team posted a small video showing how the Eraser’s code works. So, after the ransomware enters your phone or your computer, a red window with a big warning sign will appear and inform you that you have just been visited by “The Captain” Minamitsu Murasa, an anime character.
The cute anime character tells the user that his or her device was locked and to only way to regain control is to play something called TH12 or Undefined Fantastic Object, which is an anime platformer. However, there’s a catch to this spiel – the ‘player’ must obtain 0.2 billion points while playing the game in Lunatic mode.
As we’ve mentioned, the ransomware developed by Eraser is a gag, meaning that it doesn’t steal anything from your device. However, if you’re not really an anime fan, you would rather prefer giving the man a couple of bucks than to tackle the game. Luckily, the code’s creator published the tool which would prevent your phone from getting locked.
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