nRansomware nude photos
Image: Malware Hunter Team (via Twitter)
Why do people write ransomware? It’s mostly to rope in cash from helpless victims whom they target. But, there are some unique kind of ransomware which, instead of money or bitcoin, want something else.

On Thursday, MalwareHunterTeam researchers found a malware called nRansomware. What’s different about this ransomware is that it wants your nude snaps. Strange, huh! A screenshot of the ransomware was posted on Twiter by the researchers, according to a report by Motherboard.

“Your computer has been locked. You can only unlock it with the special unlock code,” the message reads in the screenshot.

The victim has to send an email to the attackers including ten nude photos. The attackers will then verify that images belong to the victim and provide the unlock code without charging any money.

According to the message, the attackers will sell those pictures on the deep web (it should be dark web). The number of people affected is yet to be known.

The malware spreads in the form of an executable called nRansom.exe which has been tagged as “malicious” by various antivirus tools like VirusTotal and Hybrid Analysis. So, it seems that the ransomware might not be a prank altogether.

However, the fact that the ransomware doesn’t encrypt the files and it’s merely a screen locker, does introduce the possibility of a prank in the picture. In fact, even the researchers haven’t found anyone infected with nRansomware.

It’s not the first time that attackers have tried to source unclothed pictures of people; they have done it through webcams and stealing data from their cloud drives.

So, what do you think about this weird kind of ransomware? Drop your thoughts in the comments.

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