Hackers are stealing people's computer files and only giving them back if they pay money or accept to infect two other users with the malicious virus, cybersecurity researchers have found.
This type of attack is known as "ransomware" and it involves hackers encrypting files and the user having to pay a ransom in the form of money to get it back. In this ransomware case – known as Popcorn Time – the attackers ask for 1 bitcoin, which is equivalent to $778.79 at the time of publication. If a person pays up, the hackers will unlock the files.
But a more unusual part of the attack is where the hackers will give your files back for free, if you send a malicious link to two or more other people. This will then infect their devices.