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Security pros create a CryptoLocker master key

Security pros create a CryptoLocker master key
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With the release of an amazing fix to the CryptoLocker ransomware, I'm proud to say that the good guys have dealt a crushing blow to cybercriminals.

CryptoLocker, in case you need a refresher, is ransomware that encrypts your files and then threatens to delete the code that unlocks them unless you pay a hefty fee.

Until now, a victim's only choice was to either pay the fine or kiss their files goodbye. FireEye and Fox IT, two companies dedicated to shutting down this ransomware threat, just released a way to decrypt your files without paying a dime.

If someone is infected by the CryptoLocker virus, all they have to do is visit www.decryptcryptolocker.com. The homepage will ask you for your email address and a file encrypted by the CryptoLocker ransomware. After you've sent the file, you'll receive an email with the digital combination to CryptoLocker's encryption lock.

Time and time again, hackers develop new and scary ways to steal your money. Whether it's threatening your files, stealing your passwords or tricking victims into giving away their personal information. What I've found more often not is that the good guys are smarter than these criminals. Malware is dealt with as fast as it can be created.

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Source: Engadget
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