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Archiveus Code Broken (ransomware virus) June 7, 2006

Posted by peewitsol in Blogroll, Microsoft, MSupport, Peewitsol, Technical.
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This virus (Archiveus) is the latest example of so-called "ransomware" that tries to extort cash from victims.

"This virus swaps files found in the "My Documents" folder on Windows with a single file protected by a 30-digit password. Victims are only told the password if they buy drugs from one of three online pharmacies.

The 30-digit password locking the files is

"mf2lro8sw03ufvnsq034jfowr18f3cszc20vmw".

Using the password should restore all the hijacked files.

"Now the password has been uncovered, there should be no reason for anyone hit by this ransomware attack to have to make any payments to the criminals behind it," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for security firm Sophos".

Full Story from BBC website

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