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You won't believe who cured a dangerous ransomware virus

You won't believe who cured a dangerous ransomware virus
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At the beginning of the month, I warned you about the Simplelocker ransomware virus that aims to take over Android smartphones and tablets.

It works like this: Infected users will first see a pop-up error message on their screen. The message will accuse you of a crime, such as downloading illegal files or viewing child pornography, and say that law enforcement has locked your files for evidence. To get them back, and avoid "police prosecution," you naturally have to pay.

The virus started out in Russia and Ukraine and it looks like it won't make its way to the states any time soon thanks to a college kid at The University of Sussex. Undergrad Simon Bell has found a solution to the virus on the coding side.

He has since released a Java program that will decrypt the attacked files.

“The antidote was incredibly easy to create because the ransomware came with both the decryption method and the decryption password,” Bell wrote. “Therefore producing an antidote was more of a copy-and-paste job than anything.”

Just in case you've been hit with the Simplelocker virus, click here to get rid of it. 

Source: ArsTechnica
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