Bitdefender releases LockerGoga ransomware decryptor for free
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Bitdefender releases LockerGoga ransomware decryptor for free.
In response to the call of the NoMoreRansom Initiative, Romanian cybersecurity firm Bitdefender has released a new decryptor, and victims of LockerGoga ransomware can now recover locked files for free.
The LockerGoga ransomware family first emerged in 2019 and is known for targeting industrial organizations.
LockerGoga attacked Norsk Hydro in March 2019, causing the Norwegian aluminium maker to shut down production for nearly a week and lose more than $50 million.
The ransomware was also used to attack French engineering consultancy Altran Technologies and American chemical companies Hexion and Momentive.
The operators of LockerGoga were involved in ransomware attacks targeting more than 1,800 individuals and institutions in 71 countries, resulting in more than $100 million in damages, according to the Zurich prosecutor’s office, which was involved in decryptor development along with Europol.
The group behind the LockerGoga ransomware has been inactive since October 2021, when U.S. and European law enforcement agencies arrested 12 suspected members.
After the arrest, police spent months examining data collected during the raid and discovered the group’s encryption keys to unlock data from the LockerGoga ransomware attack, the Zurich prosecutor’s office said.
Bogdan Botezatu, Director of Threat Research and Reporting at Bitdefender, said: “When we find a vulnerability in the ransomware code or when a single decryption key is available, it is often possible to decrypt the data.
This decryptor relies on keys seized in 2021 arrests, according to our In cooperation with relevant law enforcement, these keys have been privately shared with us.”
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