I love it when a bad guys plan doesn't come together
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2016 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ransomware, Malware, security, idiots
With the lousy news below the fold, up to and including yet another StageFright exploit, here is a bit of amusing news to balance out the bad. A recently unleashed ransomware program seems to have been developed on stolen code and the original developer has taken offence to this. His original program, EDA2, was designed to illustrate how ransomware works and he intentionally included a backdoor to ensure that the data could be unencrypted.
He has used that backdoor to break into the program and has obtained the complete list of decryption keys and posted them to the net, The Register has a link to that list right here. It is good for the soul to see incompetent bad guys every once and a while.
"A software developer whose example encryption code was used by a strain of ransomware has released the decryption keys for the malware."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Stagefright: Millions of Android devices vulnerable to new exploit @ The Inquirer
- American Express Warns Customers About Breach -- From 2013 @ Slashdot
- New iOS malware targets stock iPhones, spreads via App Store @ The Register
- Within 6 Years, Most Vehicles Will Allow OTA Software Updates @ Slashdot
- Hands On With The Odroid C2; the Raspberry Pi 3 Challenger @ Hack a Day
- Sky throws hat into VR ring with launch of new studio @ The Inquirer
- Plucky cable billionaires defeat menace of small-town broadband @ The Register