The four-month-old Jigsaw ransomware has been defeated again. The ransomware, that packs an emotional punch with its creepy graphics and hallmark countdown clock, can be overcome simply by tricking the ransomware code into thinking you’ve already paid.
Researchers at Check Point published a fix for those infected by Jigsaw. The ransomware originally got is name for infecting computers and then displaying the menacing image of “Billy the Puppet” from the horror movie franchise Saw. Jigsaw threatens to delete thousands of files an hour if you don’t pay 0.4 Bitcoins or $150; restarting your PC costs you 1,000 deleted files.