1.    12 Dec 2016 #1
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    New ransomware lets you decrypt your files by infecting other users


    Just when you thought ransomware couldn't get any nastier

    The malware dubbed "Popcorn Time" locks your Windows computer's files with strong AES-256 encryption, until you a pay a ransom of one bitcoin (or $780 at the time of writing).

    But this ransomware comes with a twist.

    The lock screen will let victims unlock their files the "nasty way" by sharing a link with two other people -- presumably ones the victim doesn't like. If they become infected and pay, then the original victim will receive a free decryption key.

    Otherwise, infected users have seven days to pay the bitcoin ransom to an anonymous wallet.
    New ransomware lets you decrypt your files — by infecting other users | ZDNet
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  2.    12 Dec 2016 #2
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    Could be used by some embittered Facebook, or other social media site member seeking vengeance, having been humiliated on line.
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  3.    12 Dec 2016 #3
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    So set up a couple VMs and infect them; get your stuff back for free; kill the VMs.
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  4.    12 Dec 2016 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by simrick View Post
    So set up a couple VMs and infect them; get your stuff back for free; kill the VMs.
    Doesn't work like this, unfortunately Only after they get paid, they give keys to decrypt...
    Sick busters
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  5.    12 Dec 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreTen View Post
    Doesn't work like this, unfortunately Only after they get paid, they give keys to decrypt...
    Sick busters
    buggers
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  6.    12 Dec 2016 #6
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    Tempting, so tempting....

    <YES, I'm just kidding>

    Seriously, this stuff gets worse by the day.
    It really is an "arms race" with the criminals.

    Sigh.
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