A ransomware program has been defeated by a person who found a weak spot in the Petya virus. @leostone devised a tool that generates the password Petya demands to decrypt the master boot file it has infected.
An unusual strain of virus-like hacker software that exploits computer server vulnerabilities without requiring human interaction is a leading example of a new generation of "ransomware," experts say.
Hacking for ransom is on the rise -- on pace to beat out last year's figures -- and hits people where it hurts, locking them out of files, photos and critical records until they pay hackers a bounty.
While most people aren't targets of the NSA, FBI or a foreign government, hackers are looking to steal the financial and personal information of ordinary people and businesses.
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