Between 2013 and 2014, Cryptolocker infected millions of computers across the world.
Cryptolocker encrypted users’ files and then demanded a ransom to regain access to those files. That ransom started at $400 and rose to $600 within hours of the initial infection.
You could remove Cryptolocker from your system without paying the ransom, but you could not retrieve your files without entering the encryption code.
In other words, you had to pay the ransom or else your files would be locked forever.
Well, we have good news for anyone who was victim of the Cryptolocker attack: all 500,000 reported victims can now recover their files without claiming a ransom.
To retrieve your files, simply go to https://www.decryptcryptolocker.com/ and upload your encrypted file.
Decrypt Cryptolocker was created by FireEye and FoxIT. It unlocks your files using a master decryption key. There’s also a link to a recovery program if you want to unlock multiple files directly from your computer.
The decryption system works by creating a unique master key for each infected system. The new method appears to be 100% successful – which is awesome news for anyone who has been infected by the Cryptolocker virus.
Regain access to your files at DecryptCryptolocker.com
To regain access to your encrypted files today, just visit https://www.decryptcryptolocker.com/
We’re not affiliated with them in any way, but they’re providing an extremely valuable service to the online community – so kudos to the folks at FireEye and FoxIT.
1.3% of infected users pay the ransom
Most reports suggest that 500,000 people have been infected by Cryptolocker over the past year.
With hundreds of dollars in ransom fees, one would assume that the creators of Cryptolocker must be millionaires.
But apparently, that’s not the case. Despite early indications that around 75% of infected users paid the ransom, the actual number is closer to 1.5%.
In addition, the FBI has charged a Russian man named Evgeniy Bogachev (known online as lucky12345 or slavik) with charges related to Cryptolocker and another virus called Gameover Zeus.