Researcher Cracks Petya Ransomware Encryption System
Partner Nick Merker
was published in Newsfactor's article, "Researcher Cracks Petya Ransomware Encryption System." Read the full article here.
A notorious ransomware program has been vanquished by a resourceful researcher who found a crucial weak spot in the Petya crypto-extortion virus. A person known only by his or her Twitter handle, @leostone, devised a tool that generates the password demanded by Petya to decrypt the master boot file it has infected.
Nicholas Merker, a partner at Chicago law firm Ice Miller and co-chair of its Data Security and Privacy practice, told us that the discovery of an anti-Petya password only serves to remind us that computer cryptography is difficult for both good guys and bad guys. And he said the developers of Petya will almost certainly refine the ransomware program to override the new fixes.