French Researchers Crack WannaCry Ransomeware

Reuters news agency reports today that French researchers have found a way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry ransomware. Beginning last Friday, the cyber attack software infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations. The ransomware threatens to lock out victims who have not paid a sum of $300 to $600 within one week of infection.

According to the report, a team of security researchers across the globe said they had collaborated to develop a workaround to unlock the encryption key for files hit in the attack. However, the researchers cautioned that their solution only works in certain conditions, such as if computers had not been rebooted since becoming infected and if victims applied the fix before WannaCry carried out its threat to lock their files permanently. China accounts for 30 percent of infections worldwide followed by Russia at 20 percent. The United States accounts for 7 percent of WannaCry infections while Britain, France and Germany each represent just 2 percent.

Reuters report found here.


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