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    Makers of uncrackable ransomware hand over the key

    It would be nice to know the reason they handed over the key. There is a link in the article to D/L the key.
    http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/19/t...hand-over-key/

    The creators of a virus that forces users to pay to recover their own files seem to have turned over a new leaf. Security researchers at ESET are reporting that TeslaCrypt's developers posted the master encryption key, enabling ESET to develop a free fix.

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    Because they've developed an even better one?

    cheers, Paul

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    Perhaps their motivation was to be able to say that they could create uncrackable encryption, rather than for any financial gain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Perhaps their motivation was to be able to say that they could create uncrackable encryption, rather than for any financial gain.
    Perhaps, OR they sold the software to someone who didn't pay them for it and are going to end the use of it and create a newer version.
    Kinda makes ya wonder about their motives

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    There is a link to dnld the decrypter, but I'm a little nervous to save it.
    Opinions?

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    If you don't need it don't download it!

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    Perhaps, OR they sold the software to someone who didn't pay them for it and are going to end the use of it and create a newer version.
    Kinda makes ya wonder about their motives
    Likely gonna do it all over again w/ a new key,
    David

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    There is a possibility that, having established their "street cred", they were hired by some company/government to do encryption work. Which begs the question of who the creator(s) of TeslaCrypt is/was.
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    If you make daily images you don't need to worry about all this crap.
    Unless I'm missing something here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banyarola View Post
    Unless I'm missing something here.
    If the malware has encrypted your backup you are in trouble. Regular scanning and care in running new files is always required.

    cheers, Paul

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    I run scans..Usually just find a few PUPS..
    From what I understand, almost all of that crypto stuff and ransomware need to have the recipient click on something or open an attachment.
    I never open anything no matter who sends it to me.

    If I go to a new site or from a Google search I usually go sanboxed until I'm sure it's safe..

    I know anything can happen but I just try to be cautious, maybe too much so.
    "If You Are Reading This In English, Thank A VET"

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    Malware authors, turning over a new leaf? I doubt that! And even if it's true, the only thing I want from them is an apology and a lifetime of good behavior.

    The cynic in me thinks they've loaded an even nastier surprise in their download package. An Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) would be about right. They "rescue" your system only to infect it with something worse. Your system appears to work but they've loaded it with backdoors, botnet software, keyloggers, rootkits, EUFI BIOS exploits, you name it. And they can p0wn you any time they want.

    You can fool me once but you won't fool me twice!

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