The LockerGoga ransomware that's been targeting industrial and manufacturing companies in early 2019 contains a coding error that could potentially be exploited to stop it from encrypting files, researchers say.

The mistake pertains to how the malware handles .lnk file extensions, explains a March 25 blog post from threat management company Alert Logic, whose researchers discovered the issue.

According to Alert Logic, LockerGoga scans compromised machines to assess what files they are hosting. If LockerGoga identifies any .lnk file extensions, which are used by Microsoft Windows to point to executable files, then the malware attempts to resolve their paths.

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