Re: geographic preference
Do not think so.
That looks like a list of countries where there is no chance in hell someone to Joe Average to pay that amount of money. Instead of paying, the victim will go to the kid next door which will sort it out and post the cleanup howto somewhere on the interwebs
Most malware writers are pragmatists, they do not want to create a situation where the information on how to get rid of their handywork is readily available.