Knowledge is good. At least according to the cybercriminals who are developing ransomware that will give a free decryption key if the victim reads two articles about ransomware.
A new variant of Koolova was discovered by security researcher Michael Gillespie, according to Bleeping Computer, that demands the victim read two articles: a Google Security Blog, Stay safe while browsing, and a Bleeping Computer article, Jigsaw Ransomware Decrypted: Will delete your files until you pay the Ransom.
Lawrence Abrams, Bleeping Computer's founder, said the ransomware itself behaves like Jigsaw in that once it encrypts the files it delivers a scrolling note telling the victim to read stories or else risk having their files deleted. In Jigsaw's case the demand is for a ransom payment.
Koolova's backers are not kidding – as it will delete the files if the demands are not met, Abrams said.
“As all of the Koolova ransomware variants I have seen have been in development, there is a good chance that this one will never actually make it to the wild,” Abrams said.