In a weird turn of events, a new ransomware is doing the rounds that forces those affected to use Playerunknown's Battlegrounds for an hour.
As reported by MalWareHunterTeam (below), the imaginatively titled PUBG Ransomware encrypts a users' files until they play PUBG for an hour.
"Your files is encrypted by PUBG Ransomware," reads the pop-up that appears.
"But don't worry! It is not hard to unlock it. I don't want money! Just play PUBG 1Hours!"
Users don't have to actually play for an hour; the ransomware monitors for the 'TslGame' process - one that every PUBG player will have encountered at some point as the title crashes - meaning you only have to play the game for a few seconds as it boots up.
As soon as that executable is detected, user files are unlocked. Not even that; it only actually looks for any process called 'TslGame.exe' meaning those affected can get away with naming any executable that will do the trick.
Another top quality ransomware that asks you to play a game to decrypt files: "PUBG Ransomware".— MalwareHunterTeam (@malwrhunterteam) April 9, 2018
This sample only encrypts files on desktop (including subdirectories)...@BleepinComputer @demonslay335 pic.twitter.com/5406DPbwmX