Frenchmen claim cure for WannaCry-infected computers

While the ransomware uses prime numbers to generate a "public" key, the "private" key is for encryption and decryption of the system files.

However, the tool will only work on those affected computer that haven't been rebooted after the attack or for computers with associated memory that have not been erased or allocated by some other processes, added Guinet. On Thursday, French computer-security researcher Adrien Guinet found a way to unscramble the files without paying the $300 ransom.

Victims of last weekend's massive worldwide ransomware attack are getting some late relief: Security researchers have published two tools capable of unlocking the data held ransom on at least some of the affected Windows PCs. "This software has only been tested and known to work under Windows XP".

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The "ransomware" program, which locks computer systems and demands $300 [£230] in the digital currency Bitcoin to be removed, is so far not believed to have had any impact in Jersey. "We knew we must go fast because, as time passes, there is less chance to recover", Delpy said after a second sleepless night of work this week allowed him to release a workable way to decrypt WannaCry at 6 am Paris time (0400 GMT) on Friday.

As of Wednesday, half of all internet addresses corrupted globally by WannaCry were located in China and Russian Federation, with 30 and 20 percent of infections, respectively, according to data supplied by threat intelligence firm Kryptos Logic. Thus, it becomes less surprising that most infections affected device running Windows 7, but one would hope that Microsoft paid more attention to it given its vast popularity on the user market. For first victims of attack, the one week's notice ended on Friday. A patch was issued to protect Windows 7 from this kind of exploit in March, so these would appear to be systems that haven't yet been updated.

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