Well here’s something you don’t hear every day. The makers of a popular ransomware trojan virus calledTeslaCrypt have closed up shop, apologized for their actions, and released the master encryption key for their software.
TeslaCrypt was being distributed at slower rates in coming months and that appeared to signal that the hackers were moving on.
When a security researcher from ESET, a maker of antivirus software, asked them if they would release the key to help people with still infected files, they agreed!
They also announced “project closed” and apologized, the ESET blog reports.
Don’t assume the hackers are just developing a conscious and moving on, they appear to be delivering the CryptXXX ransomware instead, reports BleepingComputer.
The research at ESET figured it was worth asking for the decryption key on the groups payment board.
ESET has now released a tool that will help anyone still infected with TeslaCrypt to unlock their files.
Keep in mind this is just one maker of ransomware, the FBI has warned recently that ransomware attacks are on the rise. They urge computer users to avoid opening unknown files sent over the internet. Experts suggest backing up your important files to a third party service such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and other similar services.