Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm and everyone is looking to discover the next big hit amongst the many different coins. In one’s search for prosperity, beware of the SpriteCoin. This coin was constructed by crypto thugs who use ransomware to lock up people’s PCs. Yet, the people behind Spritecoin are even seedier than the usual hackers.
You’re already in a horrible situation when you have to pay a hacker to unlock your encrypted computer, but the guys behind SpriteCoin take things a step further. People who followed the ransom note and handed over the money weren’t given decryption key. Fortinet Fortiguard researchers reported what happens after the payment. “another piece of malware is deployed with capabilities including certificate harvesting, image parsing, and web camera activation,”
The researchers followed up the statement by saying, “SpriteCoin is not really a true cryptocurrency, but is one that was created for this specific attack. The allure of quick wealth through cryptocurrency seems to be enough to trick unsuspecting users to rush toward the wallet app du jour without consideration.”