‘No More Ransom’ adds 15 decryption tools as record number of partners join global initiative

Nine months after the launch of the ‘No More Ransom’ project, an ever-growing number of law enforcement and private sector partners have now joined the initiative, allowing more victims of ransomware to access their illegally locked data files without having to pay the criminals responsible.

The platform www.nomoreransom.org is now available in 14 languages and contains 40 free decryption tools. Since Europol’s last report in December, more than 10,000 victims from all over the world have been able to decrypt their affected devices thanks to the tools made available free of charge on the platform.

‘No More Ransom’ was launched in July last year by the Dutch National Police, Europol, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab, introducing a new level of co-operation between law enforcement and the private sector to fight ransomware together. Since the launch, dozens of partners from all continents have joined. This shows that ransomware is a worldwide problem that needs to be – and will be – fought on a collective basis.

Statistics show that most visitors to the platform come from Russia, the Netherlands, the United States, Italy and Germany.

Previously available in English, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese and Russian, the web page has now been translated to Finnish, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Slovenian, Spanish and Ukrainian. More languages are expected to be made available soon in order to better assist ransomware victims right across the globe.

Since the last release, 15 new decryption tools have been added to the platform, offering new decryption possibilities to the victims of ransomware. The new decryption tools are as follows:

*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 the Rakhni and Rannoh Decryptors

New private and public sector partners

AVAST, CERT Polska and Eleven Paths-Telefonica Cyber Security Unit are joining ‘No More Ransom’ as associated partners which brings the total to seven.

30 new partners have also decided to support the project, in turn bringing the total to 76.

New to join from the law enforcement side of the equation are Australia, Belgium, Interpol, Israel, South Korea, Russia and Ukraine. Others are Acronis International GmbH, Crowdstrike, Cyber Security Canada, DataGravity, Deloitte, eco – Association of the Internet Industry (eco e.V.), ENISA, the Global Cyber Alliance, the Japan Cyber Control Centre (JC3), KUERT Datenrettung Deutschland GmbH, KÜRT Data Recovery and Information Security Co, mnemonic AS, Neutrino S.r.l., Portugal Telecom, Secura Group, SentinelOne and Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

There’s also a strong support from the CERT community, which is represented by AfricaCERT, BA-CSIRT (CSIRT of the Buenos Aires City Government), Centro Nacional de Cibersegurança, the Certego Incident Response Team, Cyber Security Malaysia and the Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Co-ordination Centre.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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