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CryptoLocker: Pac-Man Fever

22
Nov
2013

Two things about CryptoLocker.

1. The price of Bitcoin has been wildly volatile lately. And that type of commodity volatility affects Bitcoin’s ability to act as a currency because prices are quickly driven out of whack. Even for ransomware such as CryptoLocker.

Here’s a screenshot from a November 20th variant:

CryptoLocker 2013.11.20, Bitcoin

The price of decryption is now 0.5 BTC.

CryptoLocker 2013.11.20, Send coins to?

Just a few weeks ago, the going rate was two Bitcoin.

2. This is the wallpaper CryptoLocker sets:

CryptoLocker 2013.11.20, Download

While the text shown above notes the destruction of “your private key” — it isn’t actually destroyed.

The site from which CryptoLocker can be downloaded also offers a “Decryption Service” that can be accessed after the countdown. (But you’ll have to pay more.) Because the service isn’t tied to a particular computer, a file must be uploaded in order for the service to match it with a key.

CryptoLocker Decryption Service

Uploading a file includes “Pac-Man” animation while you wait:

CryptoLocker, Pacman

Somebody likes classic video games…

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