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Free decryption keys for the Cryakl ransomware were released last Friday – the fruit of an ongoing cybercrime investigation. The keys were obtained during an ongoing investigation by Belgian cops, and shared with the No More Ransom project, an industry-led effort to combat the growing scourge of file-encrypting malware. The …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "Kaspersky Lab provided technical expertise to the Belgian authorities."

    So if any US govt users got hit they won't be availing themselves of this option because Russians?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Kaspersky Lab provided technical expertise to the Belgian authorities."

      So if any US govt users got hit they won't be availing themselves of this option because Russians?

      No: it's because the DMCA makes it illegal to reverse-engineer or distribute the decryption key.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        That's an interesting thought, what if the key they used was the key to nagravision?

  2. Walter Bishop Silver badge
    Terminator

    Decryption tool released for hacked organisations

    "Ransomware has eclipsed most other cyber threats over recent years, with global campaigns now indiscriminately affecting organisations across multiple industries in both the public and private sectors, as well as consumers."

    That's be best most incisive technical analysis of how ransomware gets onto peoples computers I have ever read.

    "Kaspersky Lab provided technical expertise to the Belgian authorities."

    But but but, Kaspersky is one of Putins goons, in'it?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "But but but, Kaspersky is one of Putins goons, in'it?"

      Probably Putin's computer was infected too. By a fake mail from Trump offering some deal - fake just because it looks Trump can't actually use a computer, otherwise it would be infected too. H. Clinton deleted enough emails, so we can't know how many were also phishing ones she opened...

      1. katrinab Silver badge

        Re: "But but but, Kaspersky is one of Putins goons, in'it?"

        We know that despite all the negative press covfefe, he can use the twitter app on a smartphone, he just isn't very good at assembling words into coherent sentences. Presumably he would be able to use the mail app as well.

        1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          Re: "But but but, Kaspersky is one of Putins goons, in'it?"

          "he just isn't very good at assembling words into coherent sentences."

          The definition of a sentence I was taught, back in the days of Eng. Lang. O-level was something along the lines of "A sentence expresses a thought.". Hmmmm.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          "Presumably he would be able to use the mail app "

          Don't know, it requires recipient, subjects, maybe attachments etc. Twitter is "fire and forget".... and because of the length limits nobody expect you to write longer, coherent sentences...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Ransomware has eclipsed most other cyber threats"

    And of course has nothing to do with recent cryptocurrencies pump&dump activities....

  4. DropBear Silver badge
    Trollface

    "You must pay me now... in Bitcoin!" evokes some seriously trippy imagery...

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