Faulty ransomware renders files unrecoverable, even by the attacker
A cybercriminal has built a ransomware program based on proof-of-concept code released online, but messed up the implementation, resulting in victims’ files being completely unrecoverable.
Researchers from antivirus vendor Trend Micro recently spotted a new file-encrypting ransomware program distributed as a Flash Player update through a compromised website in Paraguay.
After they analyzed the program’s code, they realized that it was a modification of a proof-of-concept file encryptor application called Hidden Tear that was published on GitHub in August by a Turkish security enthusiast.
Hidden Tear comes with a disclaimer that the code may only be used for education purposes and a warning that people using it as ransomware could go to jail.