Self-styled ransomware hunter, Michael Gillespie has discovered an unusual Koovla ransomware variant which offers decryption keys for a read up of two articles on how to stay secured from malware.
The ransomware once downloaded states:
“In order for me to decrypt your files you must read the two articles below. Once you have click the ‘Get My Decryption Key’ button.
Then enter in your decryption key and click the ‘Decrypt My Files’ button. Eventually all of your files will be decrypted 🙂
If the timer reaches zero then all of your personal files will be deleted because you were too lazy to read two articles.
So User do you want to play a game?”
One of the security articles is from Google’s security team on how to stay safe online while the other is from Bleeping Computer explaining the Jigsaw variant.