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Kaspersky offers ransomware victims free decryption tool

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May 18, 2016

Kaspersky said today it's offering ransomware victims a free decryption tool that will unwind all variants of the malware.

The researchers have followed their first decryption effort that busted up the earlier Cryptxxx variant causing them to re-write and reissue a patched ransomware release.

Now the researchers have updated their free RannohDecrypter tool so that it defeats the patched malware.

It will send the ransomware bad guys back to the developer board to produce a hardened and more difficult to break offering.

The researchers' work is significant. Cryptxxx is used in some of the most high-profile and prolific malvertising campaigns that have torn through the biggest websites across the world with infected ads that deliver any combination of trojan and exploit kit, before dropping the ransomware.

That latest combination is poison for users whose machines meet the specifications for the infection, normally some combination of Internet Explorer, a runtime like Flash, and missing security patches.

But the researchers may find themselves in an arms race with Cryptxxx should the authors weather the decryption storm and keep producing fixed variants.

Or they may like Linux.Encoder seemingly succumb to the barrage of attacks by meddling white hats some of whom go as far as to release surreptitious deliberately-weakened ransomware blueprints in a bid to waste the time of the copy-and-paste bad guys.

Hackers at BitDefender dropped three decrypter tools to wreck each version of Linux.Encoder, a savagery that prompted sarcastic security types to offer the bad guys encryption advice on Twitter.

Kaspersky researchers and other white hats are a hated menace in malware circles. Authors of the BlackEnergy malware went as far as to leave a note in one variant of the codebase which read "f**k you Kaspersky" after hackers at the firm published analysis of the security threat.

Source: Kaspersky.

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