Security experts at BitDefender have released a new version of the GandCrab decryptor able to decrypt versions of GandCrab 1, 4 and 5.
Security experts at BitDefender have released a new version of the GandCrab decryptor that could be used to decrypt versions of GandCrab 1, 4 and 5, including the latest version 5.1. The GandCrab decryptor is available for free from BitDefender and from the NoMoreRansom project.
No doubt, authors behind GandCrab are probably already working to improve their malware, but this is an important success for many victims of the dreaded ransomware.
“While this is the third time we have defeated GandCrab encryption in the past year, our celebration will be short-lived. We’ll be back to work tomorrow, as GandCrab operators will no doubt change tactics and techniques.” explained the director of threat research and reporting, Bogdan Botezatu.
GandCrab infected more than 500,000 victims since it first appeared in the threat landscape early 2018, Bitdefender decryptors have already helped nearly 10,000 victims over the time to save more than $5 million dollars in decryption fees.
In October 2018, malware researchers at Yoroi – Cybaze ZLab analyzed the GandCrab ransomware version 5.0 that infected many systems in central Europe, avoiding to hit Russian users.
“Recently, GandCrab operators have also started delivering ransomware to companies via vulnerabilities in remote IT support software used by managed service providers to manage customer workstations,” continues Botezatu.
Victims of GandCrab ransomware can decrypt for free their files, Bitdefender and authorities always advise victims to avoid paying the ransom.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.