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Game Over for GandCrab: New free decryption tool allows victims to unlock all versions of this ransomware

Game Over for GandCrab: New free decryption tool allows victims to unlock all versions of this ransomware (Malware and Vulnerabilities)

A new decryption tool that counters one of the most prolific families of ransomware by allowing victims to retrieve their files for free has been released in a collaborative effort by Europol, the FBI, cybersecurity company Bitdefender, and others. The latest version of the GandCrab decryptor neutralises the most recent incarnations of the file-locking malware – GandCrab 5.0 through to GandCrab 5.2 – as well as allowing users to retrieve files encrypted by older versions of the ransomware. It's thought that over 1.5 million Windows users have been infected with GandCrab since it first emerged in January 2018, with both home and business networks falling victim to attacks by what Europol describes as "one of the most aggressive forms of ransomware". The cyber criminals behind GandCrab claim that the ransomware has extorted over $2 billion from victims who've given in and paid to receive the decryption key to get their files back – although researchers say the figure is likely an exaggeration.

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