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French researchers have a chance to unlock WannaCry files

 2017-05-19 15:39:27.0

French researchers have a chance to unlock WannaCry files

Tahlka News Bureau

Frankfurt: French researchers seem to have found a way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry on Friday, marching against the deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims' computers first infected a week ago.

A team of security researchers scattered across the globe said they collaborated to develop a workaround to unlock the encryption key for files hit in the global attack, which several independent security researchers have confirmed.

The group involved Adrien Guinet, Benajmin Delphy and Matthiew Suchie. Guinet waorks as a security expert, Suiche is an internationally known hacker, and Delphy took part at night, in his spare time, outside his day job at the Banque de France.

The researchers explained that it could be their last chance to save the infected files. They also warned that their solution would only work in certain conditions, namely if computers had not been rebooted since becoming infected and if victims applied the fix before WannaCry carried out its threat to lock files permanently.


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