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As deadline looms, experts find way to unlock ransomware files

Delpy calls his free tool for decrypting infected computers without paying ransom 'wanakiwi'

Eric Auchard / Reuters  |  Frankfurt 

French researchers said on Friday they had found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims’ computers, first infected a week ago. WannaCry, which started to sweep round the globe last Friday and has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, threatens to lock out victims who have not paid a sum of $300-$600 within one week of infection. A loose-knit team of security researchers scattered across the globe said they had collaborated to develop a workaround to ...

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 00:50 IST