Kaspersky teams up with Dutch police forces to launch a tool that unlocks ransomware

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Security software company Kaspersky has collaborated with the National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch police to offer users a free tool that decrypts files locked by ransomware. The NHTCU recently came upon a CoinVault server and discovered a database of decryption keys. The agency shared these keys with Kaspersky to create a tool that helps unlock users’ encrypted files and restore them to their systems. CoinVault, which infects Windows systems and encrypts files so its original owners can’t access them, has been used by hackers since last November to lock users out of their data and hold…



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