French Researchers Find Way to Unlock WannaCry without Ransom

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    A group of security experts and hackers have come up with a way to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry. The tool, dubbed “Wanakiwi,” appears to work as advertised for XP to Windows 7, although there are two caveats: it will only work on systems that have not been rebooted since becoming infected, and it must be applied before the deadline that locks out files permanently. The blog article referenced in the article that spells out the specifics seems to be located here.

    Wanakiwi was quickly tested and shown to work on Windows 7 and older Windows versions XP and 2003, Suiche said, adding that he believed the hastily developed fix also works with Windows 2008 and Vista, meaning the entire universe of affected PCs. "(The method) should work with any operating system from XP to Win7," Suiche told Reuters, via direct message on Twitter. Delpy added that so far, banking, energy and some government intelligence agencies from several European countries and India had contacted him regarding the fix.
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  2. Cyraxx

    Cyraxx [H]ardness Supreme

    Feb 21, 2005
    I guarantee one of the first things victim's do is shut down their computer in hopes that it magically goes away....

    So no, this is far from a fix.
  3. M76

    M76 [H]ardness Supreme

    Jun 12, 2012
    No, not go away, but to prevent it from encrypting even more files.
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  4. zerogg

    zerogg Limp Gawd

    Jan 26, 2017
    Well this is good news,but shutting a system down is the first thing most users do when this happens, and is usually company policy too.
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