A new ransomware family called FireCrypt can encrypt computer files and launch a weak Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack on a URL hardcoded in its source code. Once downloaded, FireCrypt kills the Task Manager and encrypts computer files. Victims are asked to pay US$500 (S$715) worth of bitcoins to recover the files. FireCrypt then continuously connects to a hardcoded URL that corresponds to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, downloads and saves its content into a folder, and fills the folder with junk files. If enough FireCrypt-infected victims are connected to the Internet at the same time, FireCrypt could launch a DDoS attack large enough to disrupt the targeted website.