How weird can a ransomware be? For years, hackers have been giving us pain by locking your computer with that creepy malware, which can be restored with a certain amount of cryptocurrency. However, there are some unique ransomwares that want more than just your money, such as playing a video game. And now, someone has created the most awkward ransomware ever, featuring a foul-mouthed Thomas the Tank Engine, which demands your snaps, well nude snaps.
Found by MalwareHunterTeam researchers, this ransomware calls itself nRansomware and locks up your computer screen. Once it locks up your screen, there will be a picture of friendly Thomas the Tank Engine shouting “F**K YOU!!!,” playing a loop music in the background from the file called “your-mom-gay.mp3,” which is actually the theme song from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Don’t be shocked so soon, there’s more. The image contains a message, saying that you should create an account to protonmail.com and send an email from that account to “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Things get weirder when they reply you. Instead of sending some Bitcoin, you need to send 10 of your nude photos, which will later be verified that it’s actually yours. I mean seriously!
After verifying, they intend to give you the unlock code and sell your photos to the deep web. However, don’t need to panic. This ransomware campaign is probably bogus as Motherboard attempted to infect one of their computers with the Thomas the Tank Engine malware, which ultimately failed to leave the station.
Despite the failure, this ransomware is real but doesn’t encrypt your files. Instead, it locks up the screen, which you can bypass if you reboot in Safe Mode. Also, you won’t be able to send any photos (whether it’s nude or not) or email if your computer screen is locked. And fortunately, the researchers haven’t found anyone infected with nRansomware. So, this malware could very well be a prank, but not unexpected. So, just be careful. You never know when your “Black Mirror” nightmares will become true.