Ransomware maker TeslaCrypt shuts down after releasing master key

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Ransomware maker TeslaCrypt shuts down after releasing master key

Ransomware makers TeslaCrypt have shut down after saying sorry for all
the damage they caused.

This move, which has allowed anti-ransomware researchers to create a
fool-proof decryption app, TeslaDecoder. The ransomware would hunt down
and encrypt video games on your Windows PC, something that I suspect
upset quite a few gamers in the few years that the malware was active.

The news means that many hard drives that were rendered useless by the
malware are now available and almost every file can be accessed using
the unlock system.

“I cannot thank everyone enough. One customer of ours has all his
holiday pictures and videos from back to 2008 encrypted,” said
jwhitted24 “We saved the drive just incase this was decrypted.”

TeslaCrypt’s website was on the Tor network and now consists of a master
key and an apology. Obviously the only real way to beat ransomware is to
have regular backups but, barring that, this rare occurrence is the next
best thing.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/teslacrypt-shuts-down-and-releases-master-decryption-key/

In surprising end to TeslaCrypt, the developers shut down their
ransomware and released the master decryption key. Over the past few
weeks, an analyst for ESET had noticed that the developers of TeslaCrypt
have been slowly closing their doors, while their previous distributors
have been switching over to distributing the CryptXXX ransomware.  

When the ESET researcher realized what was happening, he took a shot in
the dark and used the support chat on the Tesla payment site to ask if
they would release the master TeslaCrypt decryption key. To his surprise
and pleasure, they agreed to do so and posted it on their now defunct
payment site.

http://www.bleepstatic.com/images/news/ransomware/t/teslacrypt/teslacrypt-closed/teslacrypt-closed.png

Now that the decryption key has been made publicly available, this
allowed TeslaCrypt expert BloodDolly to update TeslaDecoder to version
1.0 so that it can decrypt version 3.0 and version 4.0 of TeslaCrypt
encrypted files.  This means that anyone who has TeslasCrypt encrypted
files with the .xxx, .ttt, .micro, .mp3, or encrypted files without an
extension can now decrypt their files for free!

How to use TeslaDecoder to decrypt Teslacrypt Encrypted Files

With the release of the master decryption key for TeslaCrypt, victims
can now download TeslaDecoder to decrypt files encrypted by TeslaCrypt.  
Simply use the download link below and save TeslaDecoder to your
desktop.

http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/BloodDolly/TeslaDecoder.zip

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Major Geeks has it, too.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story/teslacrypt_releases_master_key.html


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