Emsisoft release a free decryption tool for Syrk ransomware, that hit Fortnite gamers
Fortnite gamers could be safe from the Syrk ransomware. Emsisoft cyber security experts release a free decryption tool to unlock the data. This, despite the fact that the malware currently ships with its own decryptor. According to the company, this because there’s no guarantee that the tool will ship with future versions of the ransomware. Furthermore, dev-supplied tools are very unreliable and can corrupt data making it permanently irrecoverable. For the researchers, obviously, it’s not a good idea to run software created by a ransomware dev. The tool could be modified to load other malware or compromise systems in other ways.
Cyren cyber security experts discovered that cybercrime was spreading the malware
Cyren cyber security experts discovered that cybercrime was spreading Syrk ransomware for Fortnite, disguised as a game hack tool. It promises players an “aimbot” for more accuracy and “ESP” for discovering other player’s locations in the game. But really it locks up the victim’s machine and ask for a ransom to unlock. Furthermore, the malware would delete batches of files every two hours, if the user don’t pay. The researchers believe that Syrk could be spread via an upload to a sharing site and the link posted in Fortnite users in forums. The code, built with tools available on Internet, has potentially a huge base of profits for cybercrime. According to the last report (March 2019) players of the videogame were 250 million worldwide.