YouTuber PewDiePie fans target victims with ransomware for 100m subscribers

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Fans of YouTuber PewDiePie who happen to be hackers are seen targeting victims with ransomware and found displaying notices to inform victims that a decryption key will only be issued to them when the said YouTube Channel reaches 100m subscribers.

Some of those hackers have also tweeted that if in case the Indian Bollywood channel T-series reaches 100m subscribers then they will not release a decryption key.

The relation between the Indian Bollywood music channel and the ransomware spreaders is yet to be known. But a hacker later released the decryption key for the victims on GitHub and apologized for the malware spread.

Meanwhile, award-winning anti-malware solutions provider Emsisoft has said that it has released a decrypter app for the two ransomware variants which will help the victims to recover files without having to wait for days for PewDiePie to reach 100 million subscribers.

Note 1- PewDiePie happens to be a Swedish YouTuber who is also into gaming and comedy. As of March 21st, 2019 the said Youtube Channel has over 90.5 million subscribers and over 20.7 billion views.

Note 2- T series is a company holding a Youtube name where music content is streamed to viewers. In March’19, the company happens to have surpassed 90 million subscribers count and is popular among Indian music for hosting Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit content. Presently it has over 66 billion views.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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