[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/functions.php on line 4752: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at [ROOT]/includes/functions.php:3887)
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/functions.php on line 4754: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at [ROOT]/includes/functions.php:3887)
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/functions.php on line 4755: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at [ROOT]/includes/functions.php:3887)
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/functions.php on line 4756: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at [ROOT]/includes/functions.php:3887)
The Gaming Union • View topic - TeslaCrypt locks up your games, ransoms them for release

TeslaCrypt locks up your games, ransoms them for release

No spam anything else goes!

Moderators: Shadow Reaper, bzb, theblessedsheridan

TeslaCrypt locks up your games, ransoms them for release

Postby maxdamage » Sat Apr 04, 2015 12:43 am

Image
Games’ growing dependence on the the interconnectedness of the Internet means gamers are constantly having to educate themselves about possible threats, exploits and malicious malware that could impact their gaming. Now there’s a new threat in the form of ransomware that specifically seeks out and encrypts several popular games.

Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to your system or data, trying to solicit money or some other payment before you can regain access. Analysed by Bromium Labs, the ransomware – called TeslaCrypt by the security community though it patterns itself after the more famous – infects user by redirecting them from an exploited WordPress site to another page with a hidden Flash component that activates the payload, installing the malware.

At this point, TeslaCrypt begins to encrypt your data by seeking out specific file types associated with particular games, developers and publishers. While TeslaCrypt does target non-game related data, the primary focus is on game-related content, seeking out several popular games and game-related software, the full list of which can be found below:
Single-User Games
Call of Duty
Star Craft 2
Diablo
Fallout 3
Minecraft
Half-Life 2
Dragon Age: Origins
The Elder Scrolls and specifically Skyrim-related files
Star Wars: The Knights Of The Old Republic
WarCraft 3
F.E.A.R
Saint Rows 2
Metro 2033
Assassin’s Creed
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Resident Evil 4
Bioshock 2

Online Games
World of Warcraft
Day Z
League of Legends
World of Tanks
Metin2

Company Specific Files
Various EA Sports games
Various Valve games
Various Bethesda games

Gaming Software
Steam

Game Development Software
RPG Maker
Unity3D
Unreal Engine

Once the data is encrypted, it displays a message with a countdown and instructions on how to get back access to your games. It utlises Tor – a popular means of anonymising and encrypting your online communications – to communicate with a domain where payment can be processed. It’s not cheap – TeslaCrypt operators currently demand $500 in Bitcoins in order to regain access to these titles. The encryption method has yet to be cracked, so files that have been encrypted will remain inaccessible for now, and failure to pay within the time limit means your files are essentially gone for good.
Image
Now, to be fair, for most PC players this isn’t likely an issue – given Cloud saves, redownloading from the Steam library and several other gaming services, it’s relatively easy to wipe your drive and start from scratch. The primary issue would be, I imagine, losing any saves or progress not backed up, mods and the non-game related files encrypted as well, which may be harder to replace or restore.

While most PC gamers are relatively savvy, the ransomware likely targets less technically-orientated gamers and younger players may be concerned about getting into trouble or may not know how to reinstall an OS or look for alternative solutions. Similarly, game developers may be able to redownload, say, RPG Maker but not necessarily the development work they’ve done within that engine.

Be sure that you constantly update your operating system and software with the latest security patches, regularly backup ALL your important files and documents, and be careful which sites you browse; it’s dangerous out there. If you want more detailed information on TeslaCrypt, you can read the breakdown of the along with credit to the original forum goers who discovered the exploit in February.
User avatar
maxdamage
 
Posts: 2541
Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2003 12:00 am
Location: Gauteng, South Africa

Re: TeslaCrypt locks up your games, ransoms them for release

Postby maxdamage » Sat Apr 04, 2015 12:55 am

Source:

User avatar
maxdamage
 
Posts: 2541
Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2003 12:00 am
Location: Gauteng, South Africa

Re: TeslaCrypt locks up your games, ransoms them for release

Postby Dukoth » Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:32 am

well, fuck

that's pretty shitty
User avatar
Dukoth
 
Posts: 719
Joined: Sun Nov 12, 2000 1:00 am
Location: at my computer.......duh



Return to General Discussion




Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron