Remember the No More Ransom project? Launched in July 2016 with the collaborative efforts by Europol, the Dutch National Police, Intel Security (currently McAfee) and Kaspersky Lab, the project seeks to fight ransomware and help its victims. Since it was launched, more partners from around the world have joined, proving that ransomware should be fought globally:
AnubisNetworks, AON, Armor, Association for Preventing and Countering Frauds (APCF), BH Consulting, CECyF (Centre Expert contre la Cybercriminalité Français), Cyberlaws.NET, Cylance Inc., DATTO, Inc., ESET, FS- ISAC (Financial Services – Information Sharing & Analysis Center), G DATA Software AG, Heimdal Security, s21Sec, Smartfense, SWITCH, Ukrainian Interbank Payment Systems Member Association (EMA), CERT-EU (Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU institutions, agencies and bodies), IRISS CERT (Irish Reporting and Information Security Service), CIRCL.LU (Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg) and SI-CERT (Slovenian Computer Emergency Response Team).
No More Ransom Has Already Helped Thousands of Victims Worldwide
The program is evolving quickly, and is currently available in 14 languages. 40 decryption tools are offered for free. Reports indicate that No More Ransom has helped over 10 thousand international victims, making it possible for them to decrypt their files via the free decrypters.
Interestingly, statistics reveal that the highest number of visitors are from Russia, the Netherlands, the US, Italy and Germany.
Initially translated in English, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese and Russian, No More Ransom has now been updated with translation to Finnish, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Slovenian, Spanish and Ukrainian. However, more languages will be added soon so that help is offered to as many victims as possible, on a global level.
15 New Decrypters Added to No More Ransom
15 new ransomware decryption tools have been made available on No More Ransom since December last year:
- AVAST: Alcatraz Decryptor, Bart Decryptor, Crypt888 Decryptor, HiddenTear Decryptor, Noobcrypt Decryptor and Cryptomix Decryptor
- Bitdefender: Bart Decryptor
- CERT Polska: Cryptomix/Cryptoshield decryptor
- Check Point: Merry X-Mas Decryptor and BarRax Decryptor
- Eleven Paths – Telefonica Cyber Security Unit: Popcorn Decryptor
- Emsisoft: Crypton Decryptor and Damage Decryptor
- Kaspersky Lab: Updates on Rakhni and Rannoh Decryptors.
In a conversation with HelpNet Security, Brian Honan, CEO at BH Consulting has shared his complacency about the development of the program:
It is great to see more tools and partners become part of the NoMoreRansom.org project. We at BH Consulting have been involved in the initiative as we believe the best way to tackle the scourge or ransomware and cybercrime is for us to work together. Together we are stronger and by sharing tools, methodologies, and goals we make it more difficult for the criminals. This initiative is a great example of how to make public/private partnerships against cybercrime be effective and valuable.
In addition, our team has also provided decryption instructions on how to use freely available decryption tools for some of the defeated ransomware cases.