14 Apr '15, 6pm

New Tool Helps Victims Fight Bitcoin Ransomware

New Tool Helps Victims Fight Bitcoin Ransomware

Kaspersky Lab has released a new tool to help free computer files 'held hostage' by bitcoin ransomware. CoinVault, which has infected 700 computers in the Netherlands so far, is a strain of malware that demands a rising amount of bitcoin to unlock encrypted files on the victim's computer. Thanks to Kaspersky's ransomeware decrypter , users may now be able to do so for free. The tool was created after Dutch authorities shared a database of CoinVault's information (including IVs, keys and bitcoin wallets) with Kaspersky as part of an investigation in the country. Jornt van der Wiel, a security researcher at Kaspersky's global research and analysis team, told CoinDesk that the team hopes to work with law enforcement add more decryption keys to its database. "We have uploaded a huge number of keys onto the site, and together with the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Nether...

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