Rensenware Wants You to Play — Not Pay

Rensenware Demands Victims Earn Their Files Back

Ransomware, the malicious software that locks your files and demand a payment to retrieve them, was recently taken to a different level.  A new ransomware variant, deemed Rensenware, locks your files and demands the victims play a game, Touhou Seirensen.  Victims have to earn 200 million points on the Lunatic difficulty level, in order to retrieve their files.

Tvple Eraser, the creator of Rensenware, stated the variant was created as a joke.  Tvple Eraser put the code to the ransomware variant online, with no intention of it being maliciously distributed.  However, it was.  Upon infection, the victims are shown the ransomware note seen below.

Slash Gear

According to Slash Gear, the malicious code has since been removed.  It was replaced with a tool Rensenware victims may use to obtain their files without having to play the game.

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2 thoughts on “Rensenware Wants You to Play — Not Pay

  1. Sorry, that “Hell” was suppose to be Hello. I did not see the error until after it was posred.
    Please accept my apolpgy!

  2. Hell,

    This stuff is crazy! I still have the earlier version of ransomeware on my computer and your decryption sofetware did not help to remove it. It is a real pain in the a**, if you know what I mean. This has ruined my brand new computer. I have not been able to figure out how to deal with this situation.

    How does one protect their device from this kind of attack? I have PC Matic and windows security on my computer and I still got hit.

    Thanks for the article!

    Bewildered

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