Good Guys Win One

A particular bit of nasty ransomware has been cracked by the good guys and systems can now be liberated without paying through the nose for access to your own data. The Petya ransomware was laid wide open and there is a fix that allows you to unlock your infected computer. This is great news and hopefully will help stifle one of the latest attacks on honest users.

An unidentified programmer has produced a tool that exploits shortfalls in the way the malware encrypts a file that allows Windows to start up. In notes put on code-sharing site Github, he said he had produced the key generator to help his father-in-law unlock his Petya-encrypted computer. The malware, which started circulating in large numbers in March, demands a ransom of 0.9 bitcoins (£265).

Source: BBC