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Has Anyone Heard of This Problem?
 
linesma  posted on Mar 15, 2015 8:42:52 AM - Report post

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While perusing the BBC News website the other day, I ran across an article about a ransomware affecting gamers. Has anyone heard about this? Here is a link to the news story. Link What are your thoughts about it?
 
DABhand  posted on Mar 15, 2015 9:25:25 AM - Report post

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I think a few new sites that offer torrents and Direct Downloads where using a loader to get stuff, but they weren't really and all it did was install malware and of course some root accessing apps that looked for the most popular .exe files and barred access to it.

If you are in the know you can amend privileges and get access again, but the app is constantly running multiple times and is constantly changing them back.

From the information I know, it calls home when connected to the net, and will record any keystrokes you make also.

Basically it comes down to people's greed and that is why they get infected with it.

I know it says it crypts saves, but from what I have heard .exe files also.

[Edited by DABhand, 3/15/2015 9:27:04 AM]

 
element5  posted on Mar 15, 2015 9:33:58 AM - Report post

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The article says the user will only get an unlock key after paying a ransom of at least $500 (£340) in Bitcoins.

Ironically enough, I saw where the Bitcom phenomena is over with now, ever since several million were discovered missing.

People have more fun than anybody.

 
Neo7  posted on Mar 15, 2015 11:40:59 AM - Report post

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It is a real thing and it appears to target game saves of popular games rather than all other files (may change or be incorrect though, not 100% on that). It appears to use the Angular Exploit Kit which is a web based attack. McAfee did a good write-up on the exploit vector if you're interested in how the infection portion works: Link (PDF File)

The actual payload itself is a standard encryption and demand payment of $1000 USD or 500 Bt Coins for a "promise" of the decryption key.


I can't really see many people paying the randsome though (probably why the price is very high). I know some people will be mad over losing a save but I don't see many people valuing them at $1000+

[Edited by Neo7, 3/15/2015 11:48:49 AM]

 
DABhand  posted on Mar 15, 2015 1:35:21 PM - Report post

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Most AAA games have synced saves on a server also.
 
ServiusTheBear  posted on Mar 15, 2015 3:35:20 PM - Report post

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O.o wtf is all I can say to this and do they really think some one is going to pay? If these damn security firms know. They should be finding a way to stop this or at least having the dang AV's stop it from even getting in!
 
linesma  posted on Mar 15, 2015 11:19:45 PM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Neo7

It is a real thing and it appears to target game saves of popular games rather than all other files (may change or be incorrect though, not 100% on that). It appears to use the Angular Exploit Kit which is a web based attack. McAfee did a good write-up on the exploit vector if you're interested in how the infection portion works: Link (PDF File)

The actual payload itself is a standard encryption and demand payment of $1000 USD or 500 Bt Coins for a "promise" of the decryption key.


I can't really see many people paying the randsome though (probably why the price is very high). I know some people will be mad over losing a save but I don't see many people valuing them at $1000+

[Edited by Neo7, 3/15/2015 11:48:49 AM]

So from reading the attached link, if I use a script blocker on my browser (Adblock plus), ensure everything is up to date (OS and AV), and use good internet practices, I should be okay?

 
DaCrazyBeggar  posted on Mar 22, 2015 9:42:15 PM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by linesma

quote:
originally posted by Neo7

It is a real thing and it appears to target game saves of popular games rather than all other files (may change or be incorrect though, not 100% on that). It appears to use the Angular Exploit Kit which is a web based attack. McAfee did a good write-up on the exploit vector if you're interested in how the infection portion works: Link (PDF File)

The actual payload itself is a standard encryption and demand payment of $1000 USD or 500 Bt Coins for a "promise" of the decryption key.


I can't really see many people paying the randsome though (probably why the price is very high). I know some people will be mad over losing a save but I don't see many people valuing them at $1000+

[Edited by Neo7, 3/15/2015 11:48:49 AM]

So from reading the attached link, if I use a script blocker on my browser (Adblock plus), ensure everything is up to date (OS and AV), and use good internet practices, I should be okay?

Pretty much, especially the "good internet practices part", most importantly, keep Brain.exe constantly updated to the newest version. It's the best security measure you have, especially when handling files on the Internet.

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