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By SecureWorld News Team
Tue | Jul 11, 2017 | 9:11 AM PDT

The original creator of the malware has released a decryption key so that victims can get their files back.

Graham Cluley explains:

The original developer of the Petya ransomware has released a master decryption key that works for all prevision versions of its enciphering creation.

On 5 July, a person or group by the name "Janus Cybercrime Solutions" tweeted out a link to an encrypted and password-protected file on Mega.nz, a cloud hosting service.

Cracking this file revealed a decryption key that works for previous versions of Petya, a form of ransomware which replaces an infected computer's Master Boot Record before encrypting the Master File Table. Petya has undergone several modifications since its detection in the spring of 2016.

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