Police from China’s Guangdong province have arrested a 22-year-old man surnamed Luo allegedly responsible for creating the country’s first ransomware that requires payment through WeChat.

Law enforcement from the southern city of Dongguan made the announcement on microblogging platform Weibo yesterday (Dec. 6), adding that the suspect, from the province’s Maoming city, was arrested on Dec. 5.

The malware, which was first discovered on Dec. 1, encrypted files on its victims’ computers. It also stole 50,000 user passwords and other data from users of online marketplace Taobao, mobile payment platform Alipay, and cloud service Baidu Wangpan. The ransomware infected more than 100,000 computers.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.