Bitdefender releases free decryptor for LockerGoga ransomware

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Romanian cybersecurity firm Bitdefender has released a free decryptor to help LockerGoga ransomware victims recover their files without paying a ransom.

The free tool is available for download from Bitdefender's servers and allows you to recover encrypted files using instructions in this usage guide [PDF].

Bitdefender says the decryptor was developed in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, including Europol, the NoMoreRansom Project, the Zürich Public Prosecutor's Office, and the Zürich Cantonal Police.

For a working decryptor to be created, researchers usually need to identify a flaw in the cryptography used by the ransomware encryptor.

However, in this case, the LockerGoga operators were arrested in October 2021, which may have allowed law enforcement to access the master private keys used to decrypt victims' encryption keys.
 

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