A lot of different ransomware has been witnessed over the years, and they all had their own methods of executing the operation. Still, no one expected a ransomware like the “Rensenware” to appear. This new malware traps its victims in a game, and to break free and get your device under control – you have to win.
Ransomware is a type of malware that’s mostly used to lock someone’s device and all the files on it until the owner of the device pays to get their data back. That’s why this new one is so different and weird. It was first discovered by Ars Technica, and, as they soon discovered, in order to win back the locked files, you need to do exactly that – win.
As soon as the malware activates, the user gets locked into a new window with a Japanese video game, and you have to reach a high score of 200 million to win. The game is an anime-themed shooter TH12 – Undefined Fantastic Object, and it’s set on the difficulty level “Lunatic”. Ransomware follows your progress through the game and lets you deactivate it only when the high score is reached.
Luckily, it looks like this was not a real criminal attack, but instead a weird prank, and after the detection and documentation of the program, its creator apologized through his Twitter account named Tvple Eraser.
The creator of the malware said that it was created as a joke that went too far and has spun out of control, and his apology can be found in an eraser tool that he released and that can be safely downloaded from Github hosting website. The eraser was created to help those affected by “Rensenware”.
Ransomware has become a very popular way for hackers to attack and infect their victims and then steal their data. Its popularity has especially grown in the last couple of years, and some recent reports and statistics say that more than half of British businesses have been attacked by this method in the last year.
The attack is always cleverly done, and most of the time, ransomware is disguised as government agency’s or law enforcement’s warning. They warn the users of being suspected of criminal activity and scare them into paying the ransom, which many do, not wanting to get in trouble. It’s become a real problem for companies, as well as individual Internet users. Fortunately, this was not that kind of attack.