Researchers have discovered a new form of ransomware that encrypts data from popular computer games like Call of Duty, Minecraft and World of Warcraft, as well as files from iTunes. It is a variant of the Crypto Locker ransomware.
The cybercriminals use flash ad banners. An infected banner sends visitors to the website on which it is automatically navigated to another website, where it attempts to infect the targeted device through vulnerabilities in IE and Flash Player.
Once the attack is successful, the ransomware will encrypt various file extensions. It also includes those stocks of computer games.
The ransomware looks for specific games and gaming software directories like Steam, publishers, and development software. What is striking is that there are many “classics” included like Diablo, Fallout 3, Half-Life 2 and WarCraft 3.