Qihoo 360 helps crack ransomware virus
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.