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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Extortion Virus Archiveus Code Cracked

Poor programming has allowed anti-virus companies to discover the password to retrieve the hijacked data inside a virus. The virus is the latest example of so-called "ransomware" that tries to extort cash from victims. Analysis of Archiveus has revealed that the password to unlock the file containing all the hijacked files is contained within the code of the virus itself.

This virus swaps files found in the "My Documents" folder on Windows with a single file protected by a 30-digit password. Victims are only told the password if they buy drugs from one of three online pharmacies.

The 30-digit password locking the files is "mf2lro8sw03ufvnsq034jfowr18f3cszc20vmw". Using the password should restore all the hijacked files.

"Now the password has been uncovered, there should be no reason for anyone hit by this ransomware attack to have to make any payments to the criminals behind it,"

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