AstroLocker ransomware has shut down its operation and plans to switch to cryptojacking, as reported by bleepingcomputer.

The ransomware developer submitted a ZIP archive with AstraLocker decryptors to the VirusTotal malware analysis platform.

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“It was fun, and fun things always end sometime. I’m closing the operation, decryptors are in zip files, clean. I will come back,” AstraLocker’s developer said. “I’m done with ransomware for now. I’m going in cryptojaking lol.”

While the developer did not reveal the reason behind the AstraLocker shutdown, it’s likely due to the sudden publicity brought by recent reports that would land the operation in law enforcement’s crosshairs.

Last April, the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky released a decryptor for Yanluowang Ransomware.

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