Written by Lahiru Fernando
16 Mar, 2015 | 3:18 pm
There are some folks out there who would do anything to get a buck. Kidnapping someone or having leverage over a person to blackmail and claim a ransom from the individual, family or friends is one.
In an age of fast growing technology, operating systems and devices, it was just a matter of time before a person could just sit at home, press some keys and squeeze someone into giving a ransom so that they could continue doing whatever they were doing.
In the online computer world, such crime groups have found an interesting way of demanding ransoms through online games, with the help of a virus that is called “ransomware”
The ransomware was distributed from a compromised website that redirected visitors to the Angler exploit kit by using a Flash clip.
Gamers around the world are being targeted by these cyber-criminal groups using the virus that stops the gamers from playing their favourite titles unless they pay a ransom. Why? because hardcore gamers have great value in their saved files.
This virus-ransomware seeks out saved and other user-generated files of an online game and encrypts them, blocking them from playing the game any further unless the victims pay atleast $500 in Bitcoins.
Bitcoins are electronic currency also known as Cryptocurrency. It is a form of digital public money that is created by painstaking mathematical computations.
The new malware targets 185 file extensions from 40 separate games and files are targeted by extension. the targeted files include User profile data, saved games, maps, mods etc: and it is said that most often it is not possible to restore these data even after re-installing the game.
The list of affected games and game related softwares:
Single User Games:
Call of Duty
Star Craft 2
Dragon Age: Origins
The Elder Scrolls and specifically Skyrim related files
Star Wars: The Knights Of The Old Republic
Saint Rows 2
Resident Evil 4
World of Warcraft
League of Legends
World of Tanks
Company Specific Files:
Various EA Sports games
Various Valve games
Various Bethesda games
Game Development Software:
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