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TeslaCrypt Ransomware Maker Shuts Down, Releases Master Key (techcrunch.com) 49

An anonymous reader writes: The TeslaCrypt ransomware makers have officially closed down shop and apologized for all the damage they have caused in the past. TeslaCrypt upset a lot of gamers as it would locate and encrypt video games on your Windows PC. With the recent decision to shut down, anti-ransomware researchers have been able to create a fool-proof decryption app called TeslaDecoder (Link is a direct download). Now, many of the hard drives rendered useless by the malware are available to use, and almost every file can be accessed using the unlock system. "TeslaCrypt's website was on the Tor network and now consists of a master key and an apology," writes TechCrunch.
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TeslaCrypt Ransomware Maker Shuts Down, Releases Master Key

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  • by liqu1d ( 4349325 ) on Thursday May 19, 2016 @05:29PM (#52145107)
    TeslaCrypt got hacked.
  • Now that their toy is broken, they're not going to play with it anymore. They Promise, they feel bad. More likely they're just tooling up a new one and will go back to their evil ways.
  • by kheldan ( 1460303 ) on Thursday May 19, 2016 @05:32PM (#52145139) Journal
    Wait, what? Criminals with a conscience? Of course, someone will come along in short order and say

    ..but they didn't turn themselves in, and they didn't return their ill-gotten gains, so they're still scumbags

    Sure. But how often do you get any sort of an apology like this? With all the ugly shit going on all over the world, isn't it a little refreshing that someone actually says they're sorry and makes at least some token amends for their actions? Small consolation or not.

    • by mark-t ( 151149 )

      A sincere apology would be accompanied with an offer to make restitution to those who were harmed, or else pay the appropriate penalties for past wrongdoing.

      Any so-called apology without at least one of these things is nothing of the sort.

      Otherwise it comes across as they are only sorry that they won't continue doing it.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      I guess I'll rob a bank tomorrow and apologize, keeping the money of course. I'm sure everyone will applaud me as a hero.
      • Insurance will cover the stolen money my friend.
        • And insurance money is just created from thin air, right?

          • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

            by BitZtream ( 692029 )

            Yes.

            Though, admittedly, its actually the bank that creates money out of thin air.

            Learn and understand fractional reserve banking, the crash of 2008, and why it happened, then you'll not make such ignorant statements.

            Yes, banks literally create money out of thin air, and its one of the driving factors of inflation. Thanks Fractional Reserve banking and fiat currency! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer!

    • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

      Wait, what? Criminals with a conscience?

      There are a lot of criminals out there with a conscience, many also have moral boundaries they won't cross. A murder might be a murderer and enjoy it, but they won't target people under a certain age for example. It's also one of the reasons why in most countries that child molesters and rapists are put into segregation wings. The other criminals in there are more likely to kill them for what they've done. Not only for the prestige of doing it, but because even the other criminals find their actions rep

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday May 19, 2016 @05:44PM (#52145219)

    It smells more like someone came to their door and said "Dude. Listen. This is our biz. We do the ransomware racket on this planet. We encrypt people's stuff and they pay us. You will now close shop and if we notice that any bitcoin that was supposed to go to us goes to you, well, your kidneys are worth a pretty bitcoin too".

  • To whoever it may concern:

    We hunted down and killed your children. We did it slowly and painfully unless you paid our rasom of course.

    Reflecting on this a bit, we decided that maybe it wan't that nice of us to do that. So we're making it all up to everyone with a big "I'm sorry."

    Glad we got everythiing straightened out. And again, sorry about your kids (can't you see how sorry we are?).

    This was a painful note for us to write. However, we are pretty sure we'll never attempt to do something like this agai

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