WannaCry ransomware decryption tool released

WannaCry has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations. His idea involves extracting the keys to WannaCry encryption codes using prime numbers rather than attempting to break the endless string of digits behind the malicious software's full encryption key.

With ransomware, victims tend to be limited in their options: Either pay up or accept that you've lost your files.

Now comes WanaKiwi, the first instance of a possible savior for those hit by the global ransomware attack. However, the researchers notified that the solution works around in specific conditions, for instance, if user applied the fix ahead of WannaCry threat of locking up their data and if victims had not rebooted their computers after the attack.

Adrien Guinet said Friday a tool named WannaKey has been developed to help in the decrypting of files from an infected machine. For the few who haven't, here's how the fix works.

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Guinet, a security researcher at Paris-based Quarks Lab, published the theoretical technique for decrypting WannaCry files late Wednesday and Thursday, which Delpy, also in Paris, figured out how to turn into a practical tool to salvage files. "But this is so far the only workable solution to help enterprises to recover their files if they have been infected and have no back-ups", Suiche said of network back-up and retrieval systems which allow users with infected computers to restore them after re-imaging their PCs. You can download the key through Delpy's GitHub page.

Wanakiwi is not an infallible tool as there are computers that have been restarted but can not be recovered and others in which the memory area, where the key is stored, has been overwritten. Your computer must not be rebooted after being infected in order to get this tool working.

So, whether or not you'll be able to decrypt the files that WannaCry locked is pretty much a matter of luck.

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