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Thanatos Ransomware: Free Decryption Tool Released for Destructive File-Locking Malware

Victims of a destructive form of ransomware, which fails to unlock files even if the ransom is paid, can now retrieve their files for free with a new file decryptor released by security researchers.

Thanatos ransomware first started targeting Windows systems in February and multiple versions of it have been released in the months since, indicating that those behind it remain an active threat.

Thanatos is distinct from many other forms of ransomware in that it doesn’t demand a payment in bitcoin, but is known instead to request ransoms paid in other cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin Cash, Zcash and Ethereum.

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