posted on Aug, 26 2016 @ 12:05 PM
After reading accusations of NASA altering or removing photos on their Apollo program, I downloaded the entire website at the URL I believe to have
Someone mentioned that NASA had deleted Apollo 10 images from their archives, so I wanted to see if
that indeed did happen, or at least in the last three months. However, opening my folders I saw instead of .jpg the images were all .crypted files
that had been converted, and when I clicked on them nothing happened at all. While I have maybe 200GB worth of files of numerous different types, only
the NASA files were encrypted. It turns out I don't seem to have any Apollo 10 images and may not have downloaded that section of the website. In
theory they could have been deleted but I never looked for them in the first place as I was interested in Apollo 11 and later, so probably not.
I first suspected that this occurred because the trial version of the website downloaded expired and then encrypted the downloaded website with the
files to be unlocked only after paying for the app. I tried three different ones and settled on HTTrack WebsiteCopier which is totally free and offers
no paid version. I had already copied the files to an external drive I only rarely plug in to access because I need it there for backup purposes and
specifically don't want a virus to be able to wipe the files. Also, I already uninstalled the trial version downloaders. So if nothing else this will
let others know who do the same process to be exceptionally careful with what application they are using to download the Apollo Image library.
I looked up .crypted to see that it seems to be a faulty encryption based on the Nemucod virus. There is an application that can be used to decrypt
the files, which I used and was able to recover the images. I'm about to go on the process of a full virus scan so I can remove any remaining
problems. But it seems incredibly strange to me that the files would have been picked out at random by a virus, or that the virus would only encrypt
some folders with images but not others. Perhaps the virus looks for the largest group of images or most recently accessed group of images? I don't
know, but my hard drive has tons and tons of files yet the only ones encrypted were my NASA pics. I have a folder named something like "pictures"
with about 20 images that were not encrypted by the malware for example.