The attackers behind the NotPetya ransomware have emptied the Bitcoin wallet used to collect payments, and issued a new ransom demand.
They also sent two smaller payments of 0.01 BTC each to Pastebin and DeepPaste. At just under $30, it is the price of a Pastebin Lifetime Pro account.
The hacker set the price at 100 Bitcoin – almost $260,000.
The BBC quoted experts who said the move appears to be a smokescreen to create a false trail for investigators to follow.
There is currently no reason to think it is possible to recover files encrypted by NotPetya, and its intention from the beginning was to destroy data – not ransom it.