- Feb 4, 2016
Cybersecurity firm Emsisoft has been secretly decrypting BlackMatter ransomware victims since this summer, saving victims millions of dollars.
Emsisoft and its CTO Fabian Wosar have been helping ransomware victims recover their files since 2012, when an operation called ACCDFISA was launched as the first modern ransomware.
Since then Wosar and others have been working tirelessly to find flaws in ransomware's encryption algorithms that allow decryptors to be made.
However, to prevent ransomware gangs from fixing these flaws, Emsisoft quietly works with trusted partners in law enforcement and incident response to share the news of these decryptors rather than making them publicly available.