The SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research Team has conducted an experimental dialog with a ransomware operator using the PayDay ransomware trojan. PayDay, is a recent variant of the BTCWare ransomware trojan and has been in the wild for a few weeks. PayDay follows the current ransomware operator trend of using email to communicate with their victims in order to demand payment for file decryption. Payment has increased to an astronomical 0.5 Bitcoins (roughly $8000 USD at today’s prices). In this case however, the price could be negotiated lower.