While Cyberpunk 2077 has had a bumpy launch after a lot of delays, we all know that the game is only available for PC and gaming consoles. So unmistakably, there is no mobile version of the game (a Cyberpunk 2077-themed smartphone exists, though). However, a malware analyst surprisingly has found an Android version of Cyberpunk 2077 in the wild but it is actually ransomware.
Tatyana Shishkova, a malware analyst for Kaspersky recently shared a tweet showcasing the fake app. She says that she downloaded the version from a fake website imitating the Google Play Store. You can check out her tweet right below.
New Android #Ransomware disguised as #Cyberpunk2077 game.
Downloaded from fake website imitating Google Play Store.
Family: CoderWare/BlackKingdom https://t.co/JBudDP6vG1 pic.twitter.com/TdM4SAkFWl
— Tatyana Shishkova (@sh1shk0va) December 16, 2020
Now, as you can see, Shishkova notes that it is a new Android ransomware app disguised as Cyberpunk 2077. The ransomware is called CoderWare, which is a variant of BlackKingdom.
So, when innocent users download the app thinking it as a legit game, it acts like other malware apps and takes the user’s data hostage. Once the user’s data gets encrypted, he/she will then have to pay $500 (~Rs 36,915) in Bitcoin to decrypt it. Moreover, the user will get only 10 hours to pay the ransom. Otherwise, all the data will be permanently deleted.
Thankfully, Tatyana found a way to decrypt the data without paying the ransom. She mentions that there is a hardcoded decryption key in the CoderWare ransomware. You can check it out right below.
So, affected users can take this decryption key and use a decryptor to get back their files and data without paying a single buck.
Featured Image Courtesy: Tatyana Shishkova (@sh1shk0va)
For a game that was so eagerly awaited, Cyberpunk 2077 definitely has some pretty serious issues with its launch.