Ransomware virus locks out computer in exchange for nudes

Ransomware virus locks out computer in exchange for nudes
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An unusual new computer virus isn't asking for money or Bitcoin in exchange for giving back access to a victim's computer.

Instead, it's asking for nude photos.

The malware, named nRansomware, claims to lock out a person's computer and only give them their files back if they send 10 naked photographs to a certain email address.

The photos will then be "verified" and the victim given the unlock code to their computer, while their photos are sold on the dark web.

It was uncovered by researchers at MalwareHunterTeam, which shared an image of the bug. On the screen shows a backdrop with several pictures of children's character Thomas the Tank Engine, with black text reading: "F**K YOU!!!"

Ransomware virus locks out computer in exchange for nudes
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It's not yet clear how many people have been affected by this malware, however the MalwareHunterTeam researchers say it doesn't actually encrypt your files as claimed and instead just locks the screen.

Malware such as this typically infiltrates technology after someone opens a suspicious file on an email, or by clicking an infected ad on a suspicious website such as a porn website.

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