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.

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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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