Asking for money (bitcoins) as ransom in malware attacks are simply too mainstream. The new type of malware, nRansom Ransomware is demanding victims to send their X-rated photos in order to unlock their computers. This is for real as security researchers from MalwareHunterTeam posted a screenshot on Twitter of the ransomware that calls itself ‘nRansom’. While WannaCry encrypted the infected files, nRansom virus instead locks the user’s screen with an extortion message – send 10 nude pictures, which will first be verified and sold on the Dark Web. Scary much?!
“Your computer has been locked,” reads the message, which then asks the victim to email the hackers. “After we reply, you must send at least 10 nude pictures of you. After that, we will have to verify that the nudes belong to you.” The next sentence reveals the sinister intention behind asking for the nudes. It reads, “Once you are verified, we will give you your unlock code and sell your nudes on the deep web.” After purportedly submitting the naked photographs, there’s another message from the cybercriminals – “Got your unlock code and sent your nudes? Submit your unblock code here.”
The screenshot posted by the researchers is creepy as hell. The message is flashed on top of a background made of collage of several images of the children’s cartoon character Thomas the Tank Engine and a smiley face with the text “FUCK YOU!!!” in bold. It also features an MP3 file called “your-mom-gay,” which plays the theme music from HBO’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’.
MalwareHunterTeam, experts in the malicious ransom software, published details of a virus, called nRansomware, which demands nude pictures which it claims to sell on the Dark Web, where IP addresses are untraceable. They told this about the malware, “It is a screen locker, so files aren’t encrypted,” and can be unlocked with the unlock codes provided by them. According to Motherboard report, MalwareHunterTeam told them they have “no information about anyone getting infected with this.”