Even if you paid the ransom, WannaCry probably won’t give your files back

Check Point Threat Intelligence is warning people infected by WannaCry not to pay its ransom.

WannaCry is ransomware which infected Windows PCs, encrypting their files and locking users out.

It then demands that a ransom of $300 be paid to a Bitcoin address. If you don’t pay within three days, the amount increases to $600.

Check Point has identified three Bitcoin addresses associated with WannaCry – and this is the cause for concern.

Ransomware normally generates a unique Bitcoin address for each machine infected so it can track who has paid, said Check Point. A recent count on Wall Street Journal pegs the hackers’ take at $51,000.

There have also been no reports from people claiming they’ve successfully recovered their files after paying the ransom. One commenter on Troy Hunt’s blog said they paid and did not get their files back.

“Taking this into consideration… puts into question the capability of the WannaCry’s developers to deliver on their promises to decrypt your files,” said Check Point.

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