TeslaCrypt closes doors, offers master decryption key

Posted by Paul Hanley on May 20, 2016 8:59:08 AM

master_decryption_key.jpgIn a surprising turn of events, notorious ransomware TeslaCrypt seems to be no more. With the developers reportedly hanging up their hats and closing down, an analyst at ESET took a shot in the dark and used their own support tool to ask for the master decryption key. The ransomware developers did so, posting it on the TOR website they had been previously using to collect ransom payments.

With the release of this tool comes the capability to decrypt most files that have been encrypted by the latest variants of the ransomware, including those we have previously reported on.  ESET has already released a tool in response to the shutdown and master key acquisition, as have the good folks over at BleepingComputer. This is great news for victims of the malware attacks, as well as for the MSPs that get called in to handle the cleanup.

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