Ransomware Author “Pornopoker” Arrested in Russia

Catalin Cimpanu reports:

Russian authorities have arrested a man suspected of writing and distributing ransomware. The suspect, whose name hasn’t been released yet, goes by the nickname of Pornopoker.


According to police, Pornopoker had created ransomware that locks users’ computers with a message perpetrating to be from Russian authorities, such as the police (MIA), secret service (FSB), or the Federal Bailiff Service.

The messages told users they had to pay a fine for watching pornographic materials. Paying the fine would also give users access back to their computers.

Read more on BleepingComputer, where you can also see a video of the suspect’s arrest.

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