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Crapness of WannaCrypt coding offers hope for ransomware victims

Kiwi Silver badge

Sure it would. If it did nothing at all , except put a demand up it would still get some payments

Yup, there was one that changed the "shell" key in Windows registry from explorer.exe (or whatever) to their own file, and put up a screen claiming you'd been caught downloading illegal porn or other stuff, using FBI or local police logos (earlier versions use FBI or BATF, later versions used logos from the country of the victim). Changing the registry key back to what it should be, and deleting the file the altered key pointed to fixed it.

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