Ransomware, malware that encrypts your files and holds them for ransom, has taken an interesting turn. Typically after encryption, the cyber criminals make a payment demand in order for the decryption keys to be sent to the victim. However, a new ransomware has hit the market that makes a slightly different demand.
Ransomware Offers Free Decryption Keys
Koolova ransomware will first encrypt your files, like any other ransomware. However, the hacker then offers a free decryption key if “you agree to stop downloading unsafe applications off the internet”. But that is not all. According to Forbes, the victim must also read two articles on cyber security, one of which being Stay Safe While Browsing.
Overall, this twist is rather interesting. It is almost as if this hacker is treating these attacks as a warning–You fell for this once, don’t do it again, and here is some information to prevent you from falling victim again.
What are your thoughts on the latest ransomware variant, Koolova?