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‘Little Hope’ to Recover Data Lost to Petya Ransomware

June 29, 2017

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Fewer than 50 ExPetr/Petya ransomware victims have paid approximately $10,200 in Bitcoin so far in the hopes of unlocking encrypted hardware and recovering scrambled files.

It’s likely not going to matter much.

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered an error in the malware’s code that prevents recovery of data. This, combined with the actions of German email provider Posteo in shutting down the attacker’s email address preventing victims from contacting the attacker in order to verifying payments, has left thousands of victims in dire straits.

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