New ransomware forces you to play PUBG

New ransomware forces you to play PUBG

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.

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