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Extortion virus code gets cracked

Posted on June 2nd, 2006 at 10:36 by John Sinteur in category: News, Security -- Write a comment


Do not panic if your data is hidden by virus writers demanding a ransom.

Poor programming has allowed anti-virus companies to discover the password to retrieve the hijacked data inside a virus that has claimed at least one UK victim.

The Archiveus virus caught out British nurse Helen Barrow and swapped her data with a password-protected file.

The virus is the latest example of so-called “ransomware” that tries to extort cash from victims.


The 30-digit password locking the files is “mf2lro8sw03ufvnsq034jfowr18f3cszc20vmw”. Using the password should restore all the hijacked files.

Amazing! I use the same combination on my luggage!

  1. Amazing! I use the same combination on my luggage! Be very carreful here John, anything you write can and will be used against you.

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