It’s Popcorn Time – New ransomware, decrypt your files by infecting other users.

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A new ransomware is loose on the internet, but it comes with a twist – a ‘referral’ program that you most definitely want to avoid, or do you?

Similar in design to the infamous CryptoLocker, ‘Popcorn Time’ locks and encrypts your Windows files with AES-256 encryption, an incredibly strong encryption algorithm that is almost impossible to crack, unless you pay a ransom of one bitcoin ($780 USD at time of writing).

However, Popcorn Time comes with a sinister twist.

The warning screen will notify the victim of another method of unlocking their files. Dubbed the ‘nasty way’, it requires that the victim share the link with two other people. If those users become infected and pay the ransom fee, then the original victim will receive a free decryption key to unlock their files.

Otherwise, the infected user will have seven days to pay the ransom fee or the files will be lost forever.

According to a report by Bleeping Computer, if the victim were to enter wrong decryption codes numerous times, the ransomware will permanently lock the files.

Taken from BleepingComputer.com
Taken from BleepingComputer.com

A series of screenshots tweeted by the MalwareHunterTeam, shows that the criminals purport to be Syrian, and that the money paid “will be used for food, medicine, and shelter to those in need.”

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As always, be sure to secure your system with strong Antivirus and Internet Security software and be vigilant in your net usage. A seemingly innocent advertisement could render your system unusable. Prevention is key.

A list of all affected extensions is displayed below:

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