How it really happened : NINJIO Season 2, Episode 5, The Ransomware Pyramid Scheme

In NINJIO’s Season 2, Episode 5, there is a parking-lot brawl when one Ransomware victim intentionally infects an old acquaintance with Ransomware to free his own computer.  The hackers have created “Pyramid Scheme Ransomware” and it may start spreading fast. Should you receive such an email, it is important that you power off your computer immediately and notify the appropriate department within your organization.

 

Devious Ransomware Frees You if You Infect Two Other People

Popcorn Time is a new way to spread ransomware. It gives you the key to decrypt data if you sell out your friends and at least two of them pay up. This article explains the attack and what happens should you install the malware.

New ‘nasty’ ransomware encourages victims to attack other computers

Popcorn Time is similar to affiliate networks where you pass the link to other users for a “payout.” It’s unrelated to the Popcorn Time bittorrent client, so users that download the Torrent application are still safe.

Ransomware Facts

Popcorn Time is a unique spin on ransomware, but the concepts and attacks are similar. This Microsoft article helps you understand ransomware and what you can do to protect your computers.

New Ransomware Warning – The Pitfalls of Popcorn

Popcorn Time infects computers similarly to other ransomware applications, but you can avoid the $700 bitcoin ransom if you pass the infection to another user. This article discusses Popcorn Time and its payload.

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