What is No More Ransom project?
Project No More Ransom, founded jointly by “Kaspersky Lab”, “Intel Security”, “Europol” and the law enforcement authorities of the Netherlands, a few months of its existence has helped to decipher the files of more than 2.5 thousand. Infected computers. This what you can find of their official site – “Law enforcement and IT Security companies have joined forces to disrupt cybercriminal businesses with ransomware connections.The “No More Ransom” website is an initiative by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and two cyber security companies – Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security – with the goal to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay the criminals.”
Since it is much easier to avoid the threat than to fight against it once the system is affected, the project also aims to educate users about how ransomware works and what countermeasures can be taken to effectively prevent infection. The more parties supporting this project the better the results can be. This initiative is open to other public and private parties.
At the project site contains thousands of keys and tools that will help recover files, without paying a ransom attackers. In particular, there are decoders for such widespread families as Shade, CoinVault, Rannoh, WildFire, Chimera and Rakhni. Participants plan to increase the “collection” as new decryptors appear.
No More Ransom – a successful attempt to combine several initiatives to combat ransomware-attacks with a view to more effective assistance to the victims users.
According to the center representative threats GReAT with “Kaspersky Lab” Jornt v.d. Wiel, No More Ransom helped to decipher the 822 computers infected CoinVault, and 941 machines that have been victims of Shade. Given another 700 computers decrypted, the total number of users who were able to avoid paying the ransom, reached the 2463. Otherwise, the damage could reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. The most recent replenishment of the site became a decoder for malicious Wildfire; on No More Ransom available more than 1,600 keys.
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