The Linux.Encoder ransomware has received a third update, which security researchers from Bitdefender have managed to crack, yet again, for the third time.
Antivirus maker Dr.Web first discovered Linux.Encoder at the start of November 2015. News about the ransomware spread quickly, mainly because it targeted Web servers, looking to encrypt crucial files used in Web hosting and Web development environments.
Previous Linux.Encoder ransomware versions were duds
Fortunately for all victims, five days later, security researchers from both Bitdefender and Dr.Web announced they’ve identified a weakness in the way the ransomware locks and encrypts files, and both put out decryption tools.
A week later, Bitdefender took a closer look at its telemetry data and past malware samples and discovered a second version of the ransomware, one active in August 2015, which was even easier to decrypt, being an earlier prototype.