When we talk about motives behind any cyberattack, it is mostly money; a case in point is the ransomware – it locks your PC or encrypts your data and demands a ransom (in Bitcoins) to let go off the computer or decrypt the data. So basically, money is the main motive behind all ransomware attacks which have happened so far. But, this does not stand true for a recently spotted malware called nRansomware; it demands something else – the victim’s nude photos. Yes, you read that right.
nRansomware, unlike most of its counterparts, does not encrypt the victim’s data but blocks access to the infected computer. Reportedly, the attacker demands at least 10 nude pictures of the victim in exchange of a code to unlock the system. The attacker also says that these pictures will be verified but without mentioning how. Below is a snapshot of the ransom note.
This ransomware-with-a-twist was spotted by the MalwareHunterTeam – a research group focused on ransomware. While this threat might look like a gross prank, it does appear to be legit – as verified by VirusTotal.
At the moment, nRansomware affects only Windows users.
What can you do to stay safe?