There is a new malware in town and it is locking computer files unless you perform a certain kind of task. In context, this is the kind of software hacks that get categorised as ransomware.

However, the kind of ransom required by the person/ people behind this attack is rather strange – play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for an hour and get your files back. No payment, no hassles, no hidden tasks, nothing! Just play the game.

When your computer gets infected by the malware, a note will appear on your screen saying

New ransomware locks your files until you play PUBG

Your files is [sic] encrypted by PUBG Ransomware! But don’t worry! It is not hard to unlock it. I don’t want money! Just play PUBG 1Hours [sic]!

That is obviously a lot of exclamations and wrong tenses. It is either this code originated from a non-native English-speaking county or the message was designed in this way to throw off suspicion.

Either ways, you get another chance to fire up your PUBG and in just about 3 minutes of play (as opposed to the one-hour timeframe stated), your computer files will be unlocked to you.

To be candid, this is a kind of fun ransomware and we hope every other one present right now could be like that too. However, it is still something you have to fight against. In the wrong hands, this same code can be used to do so much more damage to unsuspecting individuals.

For now, those of you that would like an excuse to play PUBG at work, you can always reference your boss to this article whenever they catch you in the act.