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Developer Hacks Back Against Ransomware Attackers and Steals Decryption Keys

October 9, 2019

A victim of Muhstik ransomware paid the attackers to decrypt his data, and then undertook a different kind of payback – he took revenge by hacking into the server and stealing the decryption keys, only to release them for free to anyone who needed them.

Successful ransomware attacks rarely end on a satisfying note. Even if the victim pays the ransom and receives a key to decrypt the content, money and time are lost. But at least, in this case, the victim managed to disrupt the attacker’s operation.

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