Is PewDiePie a victim

l + f: PewDiePie ransomware forces victims to subscribe to the channel

There are actually supposed to be people who simply don't have the time or inclination to deal with the YouTuber PewDiePie.

Some fans are apparently so frustrated that they want to force PewDiePie objecters to their supposed happiness. If such fans have some hacking skills with them, it can happen that suddenly tens of thousands of Chromecast adapters are playing YouTube videos or publicly accessible printers are printing out promotional flyers.

While such actions tend to fall into the "funny" category, victims of the PewDiePie ransomware that is currently circulating are likely to get the laughs stuck in their throats.

Channel subscription instead of coal

The IT news website SiliconANGLE is currently reporting on two different encryption Trojans that are apparently independently of each other.

"PieDiePie" encrypts data and tries to force users to subscribe to the PewDiePie channel. The nasty thing about it is that the badly programmed malware neither saves nor uploads the encryption keys: The data is irretrievably gone, which makes the forced channel visit a (double) waste of time.

For victims of the second ransomware called "PewCrypt" there is reason to smile: Apparently the creator got a guilty conscience and published the source code and command line decryption tool. The security software company Emsisoft built a graphical user interface around it and made the decryption tool available for download.

(ovw)

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