Want to fix your ransomware-hit computer but don’t want to pay up for the decryption key?
Well, as Bleeping Computer describes, the Popcorn Time ransomware has an answer for you. If you want your files back, but won’t/can’t pay the ransom the ransomware’s operators will give you free decryption keys if you infect your friends via referral links.
Yep, the bad guys behind Popcorn Time say that if you manage to infect two other people with their malware and if they then pay the ransom, then you’ll be able to get your decryption key.
Oh, and congratulations by the way. As well as becoming an affiliate of a ransomware gang, you’ve just committed a criminal act.
I hope no-one would be so dumb as to risk earning a criminal record (and potentially a prison sentence) by infecting someone else’s computer with ransomware, but then we all know far too well that people are prepared to do terrible things via the internet that they would never consider doing to someone face-to-face.
Oh, and by the way, how do you know the ransomware’s authors will honour their offer and send you the decryption key for infecting more users? After all, they’ve already proven themselves to be scumbags by spreading Popcorn Time in the first place. They’re hardly the most trustworthy people on the planet.
Don’t become a ransomware affiliate. Protect your computer with a layered defence, and get a proper backup regime up and running for goodness sake.