It all started with the Trojan AstraLocker encryption operator using Online Magazine Sleeping Computer He called and said he was shutting down the ransomware network.
AstraLocker developer explained: “It was fun, and fun things always come to an end. I complete the procedure, decryption into zip files. I’ll be back.” “I’m done with the ransomware for now.”
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The extortion trojan should be history, and instead the developer wants to switch to ‘cryptojacking’. According to Bleeping Computer, to this end, a zip archive of decryptors was sent to VirusTotal, where those affected can download decryption tools. Such an approach is unusual, but certainly not unique in the history of malware – there have been similar cases before. However, some distrust was announced. as such Gunter was born on his blog If executed, the provided AstraLocker tools were flagged as malicious by 42 virus scanners. You should be careful what you might voluntarily download to your computer. Bourne thinks caution is advisable, because it may also be an attempt to “catch an asshole,” he explains.
The computer downloaded and tested the archive and confirmed that the decryptors were legitimate and working.
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