Ransomware that holds your computer hostage until a fee has been paid to unlock it is pretty evil as far as nefarious code goes.
Apparently, the group behind the TeslaCrypt ransomware came to that same conclusion as they ve shut down the project and released the master decryption key.
As Bleeping Computer explains, an analyst at security firm ESET noticed over the past few weeks that the developers of TeslaCrypt had slowly been closing their doors.
Simultaneously, some distributors have been moving their operations to a different type of ransomware.
On a whim, the ESET analyst hopped on the support chat of the Tesla payment site and asked if they would release the master decryption key.
That of course doesn t make it right but the fact that they ultimately published the key and closed their operation does speak to their underlying character.