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The author of the original Petya ransomware released the master key

2017-07-07 21:00

The author of the original variant of the Petya ransomware has made the master key available online, all the victims can decrypt their files for free.

Janus, the author of the original variant of Petya ransomware (that isn’t the NotPetya variant used in the recent massive attack) has made the master key available online.

All the victims of the original Petya ransomware can now use the master key for free to decrypt their files.

“As research concluded, the original author of Petya, Janus, was not involved in the latest attacks on Ukraine. His original malware was pirated and extended by an unknown actor (read more here).” reads a blog post published by MalwareByte “As a result of the recent events, Janus probably decided to shut down the Petya project. Similarly to the authors of TeslaCrypt, he released his private key, allowing all the victims of the previous Petya attacks, to get their files back.”

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