The malware, currently being called the PUBG ransomware, will unlock your files after you play an hour of PUBG.
Getting your PC infected is possibly even worse than a nightmare where you are caught watching some weird Fortnite video by your orthodox and religious grandma. A ransomware will encrypt all the files on your PC and will only unlock them if you complete the instructions, which sometimes includes transferring millions of dollars. And new ransomware is in town, the PUBG ransomware.
Discovered by MalwareHunterTeam and reported by BleepingComputer, this malware will encrypt the user’s desktop file and append them with .PUBG extension. When the encryption is done, it will give you two options on how to unlock it. It can either be unlocked by playing an hour of PUBG, or use the key provided to decrypt the file. The screen reads:
Your files, images, musics [sic], documents are Encrypted!
Your files is [sic] encrypted by PUBG Ransomware!
but don’t worry! It is not hard to unlock it.
I don’t want money!
Just play PUBG 1Hours[sic]!
Or Restore is [ s2acxx56a2sae5fjh5k2gb5s2e ]
But according to BleepingComputer, the PUBG ransomware checks to see if you are playing PUBG by monitoring a file named “TslGame”. Since it only checks the file name,you can run any fileand name it TslGame.exe. Even though the ransomware states that the game needs to be played for 1 hour, playing PUBG for 3 minutes also does the trick. Usually, it’s about the same time you’ll survive if you land in Pochinki.
This ransomware is clearly meant as a joke, seeing that they gave the key for decryption and it’s not too advanced. Either that or something else.