Hang on tight to your phones and PC folks because a new type of ransomware has just popped up on the Internet. According to several online security publications, including Malware Hunter Team who first made contact with this new type of malicious code, the new ransomware doesn’t block your device and asks for money in exchange for your data, but makes you play a rather addicting Anime-type game.
So, according to the Malware Hunter Team, a new type of Ransomware called Rensenware has just been detected on the Internet. Although this piece of news is reason enough to fire up our malware detection and removal tool, the guys over at Malware Hunter Team said that Rensenware isn’t designed to steal data.
Wait just one minute! We have a ransomware which behaves like any ransomware but doesn’t want anything in exchange. What’s the deal? Well, it would seem that Rensenware is part of an Internet prank pulled off by a Twitter user called Tvple Eraser. He recently came clean and admitted that he had no malicious intentions and that Rensenware is just a fun way to spend some time. However, the users whose computers and phones got infected by Tvple Eraser’s malicious code did not find the prank amusing.
To make amends, Eraser recently released a tool that helps the user bypass Rensenware’s code and regain control of the device. So, what exactly should we be looking for? Now, according to the Malware Hunter Team, once the code gets into your phone’s or PC’s system, it will automatically display a red window which contains a big chunk of text on the right and the picture of an Anime character on the left.
Of course, there’s also a big warning sign on the top followed by the traditional ‘your device was compromised by some sort of occult force’ which, in this case, bears the name of Minamitsu “The Captain” Murasa.
At this point, the user more than likely starts asking himself or herself about what to do in order to ditch this message. Scrolling down a bit, you are informed that in recovering your stuff you will need to score 0.2 billion points in an Anime-type game called TH12 – Undefined Fantastic Object in Lunatic mode.
But, as we’ve said before, the ransomware is a gag, meaning that your data files aren’t really compromising. However, it would be best to steer clear from suspicious-looking website until Eraser manages to purge the ransomware’s code.
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