Ransomeware in 1992

The german “Die Drei Fragezeichen” (The three ???, a fictional detective trio from german audio drama for kids, which is popular among adults nowadays) investigated in a floppy disc driven malware attack in the episode 056/Angriff der Computer-Viren (Attack of the computer viruses). Funnily the whole threat model reminds heavily of todays ransomewares. The three detective’s pc gets infected by a virus. It originated from a programmer visiting their schools computer club and while investigating they find that he is attacking his employer, making all files on the companies computers “useless” and only his virus killer application can recover their files. A Message gets shown on the screen of the infected pc’s including a ransom demand. Sounds pretty familar imo 🙂

In RL ransomeware got popular starting 2005 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransomware#History so they we’re pretty ahead of their time 🙂

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