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How Shodan helped bring down a ransomware botnet

Maria Korolov | Oct. 10, 2016
Shodan is a search engine that looks for internet-connected devices. This summer, it was also used by security researchers and law enforcement to shut down a ransomware botnet

The shutdown wasn't all good news for the rest of us, however.

When its operators shut down Encryptor RaaS, they wiped the master decryption key.

Victims of the ransomware whose files had been encrypted no longer had any way to get those files back -- even if they paid the ransom.

It's yet another example that businesses shouldn't count on being able to just pay a ransom to get their data back, and need to put more effort into preventing the infection in the first place, said Cabrera.


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