There’s a new form of malware lurking on the internet that requires a unique task to rid it from a computer. All you need to do is play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
While the virus doesn’t delete your files, this form of malicious software is known as ransomware. It locks away files and general access to a computer until you pay the “ransom” demanded by the malware’s creator. Unlike other ransomware that force unlucky users to pay actual money, this latest software only asks that you play PUBG for a total of one hour.
According to MalwareHunterTeam’s tweet, which you can see below, the malware encrypts a user’s files and then pops up with a message that confirms it’s more of a joke than anything harmful. It reads: “I don’t want money! Just play PUBG 1Hours!”
Another top quality ransomware that asks you to play a game to decrypt files: “PUBG Ransomware”.
This sample only encrypts files on desktop (including subdirectories)…@BleepinComputer @demonslay335 pic.twitter.com/5406DPbwmX
— MalwareHunterTeam (@malwrhunterteam) April 9, 2018
What makes the malware seem like even less of a real problem is that a user doesn’t even have to play for a full hour. The team behind the tweet also discovered that the software only monitors for a “TslGame.exe” code to be running and not actual play time. In turn, users infected with the malware can simply run the game for as little as three seconds, and the computer’s files will be restored.
It’s unclear where this odd form of ransomware originated, but it’s obvious the creator loves PUBG. The game’s Xbox One version recently received its own update to fix a few bugs and introduce a new Western Military crate. Players can now find a selection of military-themed items, including shirts, gas masks, hats, and more.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available for Xbox One and PC.
Source: Bleeping Computer