How To Decrypt Your Files If You’ve Been Hit By WannaCry

A group of security researchers have created a tool that can help users hit by the massive WannaCry ransomware attack decrypt their files without paying the ransom or wiping their device.

The tool, named Wanakiwi, is capable of defeating the WannaCry ransomware, which encrypts a user’s files and demands a payment made in Bitcoin in order for the victim to regain access to their machine.

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Ransomware attacks

The average ransomware payment rose to $1,077, up from $294 a year earlier, Symantec said.  Hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the infection rose to $1,077, up from $294 the year before, according to security firm Symantec.
“Attackers clearly think that there’s more to be squeezed from victims,” Symantec said in a Wednesday report.

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New macOS ransomware

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through bit torrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files — even if they pay.Crypto ransomware programs for macOS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and it’s a poorly designed one. The program was named OSX/Filecoder.E by the malware researchers from antivirus vendor ESET who found it.