Play Ransomware Turns Into a Monetary Funhouse for Wannabe Cybercriminals
– “Play” ransomware is now being offered as a service, according to security firm Adlumin.
– There’s an unusual lack of variation between attacks which suggests a ransomware-as-service (RaaS) model.
– Affiliates who bought the RaaS are believed to be following step-by-step instructions from playbooks.
Play Ransomware: Now More Playful Than Ever
Once the goblin of the digital world, the Play ransomware has now transformed into the Town Crier, offering itself on a platter to other cyber mischief-makers. Sounds fun, right? Not so fast, the party is exclusive. According to the recent tattling by Adlumin, The Play ransomware has found its game, and it’s now being offered as a service to other enthusiastic cyber perpetrators.
Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS): A Do-It-Yourself Horror Show
Interestingly, while Ramsonwarian artists usually love their unique signatures, the recent Play attacks have a suspicious lack of variation. This isn’t so much a Warhol printmaking exercise as it is an IKEA flat-pack furniture job. The sameness of the method suggests that the affiliates are following a do-it-yourself (RaaS) model, equipped with a handy ‘dummies guide to cyber terror’ – complete with step-by-step instructions from playbooks. Ultimate ease, isn’t it?
From the haunted house of cyber horrors, the Play ransomware has found its way into the nefarious share-and-care box. As Adlumin’s research indicates, the ransomware is now running a rather successful franchise – being delivered as a service to affiliates who appear to be following its playbook all too faithfully. Seemingly, it’s all fun and games till your system gets locked.
A final word of caution – when it comes to data protection, play safe, or you might get caught by the Play ransomware. Remember, in the world of cyber threats, you certainly do not want to play with ‘Play’!