Friday, 13 March 2015

New Ransomware Encrypts Computer Games And iTunes

Researchers have discovered a new form of ransomware that encrypts data from popular computer games like Call of Duty, Minecraft and World of Warcraft, as well as files from iTunes. It is a variant of the Crypto Locker ransomware via a recently patched flaw in Flash Player and a parent leak in IE spreads, let security bromine in a report to know.

For this, use the cyber criminals flash ad banners. An infected banner sends visitors to the website on which it is displayed automatically to another website, where it attempts to infect your computer through vulnerabilities in IE and Flash Player.Remarkably, the banner only users of Internet Explorer and Opera forward.

The attack is successful, the ransomware 185 will encrypt various file extensions. It also includes those stocks of computer games. Something unprecedented as bromine. The ransomware looks for specific games and gaming software directories like Steam, publishers, and development software. What is striking is that there are many "classics" stand between, like Diablo, Fallout 3, Half-Life 2 and WarCraft 3. Also, several online games targeted, including World of Warcraft, Day S, League of Legends and World of Tanks.


"Encrypting these games shows an evolution in the crypto-ransomware which cyber criminals focus on niches," said the researchers. According bromine may be that young adults have no important files on their computers and store photos in the cloud. "But most certainly have a Steam account with some games and an iTunes account full of music."

"Even for adults these attacks can be frustrating, as they lose their games with the rest of their personal data." Remarkable about the games that are encrypted that these popular games, but not for games that currently top the list of most played and best-selling games. It is therefore possible that the ransomware maker games has chosen who he likes to play.

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