Fortnite Gamers Get Threatened By New Crypto-Stealing Ransomware, ‘Syrk’ via Hidden-Cry Program
Cybercriminals are always on the lookout for new victims and it looks like Fortnite players are their most recent choice. New ransomware called Syrk is currently targeting players and encrypting files if the ransom is not paid.
According to the reports made by Vectra, a security analytics company, the malware uses the popular Hidden-Cry software as a basis, just like many other recent ransomware programs.
Chris Morales, head of security at Vectra, affirmed that this was an inevitable move. Several games have hacks that can be found online. They often let the players cheat in competitive games. Because of this, they are not audited by anyone. What this new threat is doing is using this in favor of hackers.
Players, sometimes often children, which are a huge part of Fortnite’s player base, download the cheats. They seem innocent at first, but as soon as the computer is infected, the app begins to encrypt files. If the ransom is not paid, the files are all deleted until they are completely gone.
According to the researchers, the computer affected by the ransomware starts with a countdown and every two hours some files are deleted. The first ones from the Pictures file, then Desktop and finally Documents, which is often an important directory.
Fortunately, the system is not very complex. A password to decrypt the files before they are deleted can be generally found in C:\\Users\\Default\\AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\-pw+.txt'passwordonly', the researchers affirmed.
Many kids and teens might not know what to do, however, which may prompt their parents into paying the ransom to free their computers from the threat.