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Free Decryption Tool Created for PyLocky Ransomware Family

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A researcher has created a free decryption tool which victims of the PyLocky ransomware family can use to recover their affected files.

Mike Bautista, a security researcher at the Cisco Talos Intelligence Group, is responsible for developing the tool. Cisco Talos has made this utility freely available for download on GitHub.

First reported on by Trend Micro in September 2018, PyLocky is a family of crypto-malware known for imitating the infamous Locky ransomware. It’s not related to Locky in any way, however. It just refers to itself as the “Locky Locker” in its ransom note and informs victims that they can obtain the “Locky Decryptor” by meeting their ransom demands.

PyLocky’s ransom note pretending to be the Locky ransomware. (Source: Trend Micro)

PyLocky stands out among other ransomware families by being written in Python, featuring anti-machine learning capabilities that make static analysis more difficult and relying on spam campaigns to target users primarily based in...(continued)

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