Qi­hoo 360 helps crack ran­somware virus

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

The un­prece­dented spread of ran­somware that has swept across more than 100 coun­tries since May 12 has been cracked, at least in part, by Chi­nese tech com­pany Qi­hoo 360. The com­pany is­sued a soft­ware patch on May 14 that can re­cover the data en­crypted by the uniden­ti­fied at­tack­ers. The soft­ware can op­er­ate with­out in­ter­net ac­cess, and cus­tomers do not need to pay for it. The re­cov­ery kit was built around a flaw found in the mal­ware, ac­cord­ing to Zheng Wen­bin, the com­pany’s chief se­cu­rity en­gi­neer. For now, the re­cov­ery kit is in Chi­nese only. Zheng says he does not know if the com­pany will pro­vide the ser­vice in English or other lan­guages, though he ad­mits that chang­ing the user lan­guage would be fairly easy.

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