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Woburn, MA – July 26, 2022 –
No More Ransom, the initiative launched to help victims of
ransomware decrypt their files, has celebrated its six-year anniversary.
Since the launch, it has grown from four partners to 188 and has
contributed 136 decryption tools covering 165 ransomware
families. In doing so, it has helped more than 1.5 million people
decrypt their devices all over the world, with the project available in
encrypts valuable information stored on victims’ computers by infecting
them using insecure and fraudulent websites, software downloads,
and through RDP (remote desk protocol) attacks and exploiting
vulnerable internet-facing servers. Criminals then seek ransom from the
victim, promising to retrieve their encrypted data in return. This type
of malware has been a cybersecurity concern for many
years, with attackers targeting all types of stakeholders, including
both customers and enterprises, and evolving from separate gangs to
full-fledged businesses with their own ecosystems.
help people and organizations retrieve access to valuable information,
the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Dutch National Police,
Europol’s European Cybercrime
Centre, Kaspersky and other partners jointly created the No More Ransom initiative in 2016.
On the official website, participants can publish decryption tools,
guidelines, and instructions on how to report a cybercrime, regardless
of where it happened. These tools and materials have helped victims of
165 ransomware families get their data back without
any payments. In addition to the decryption tools, the project also
aims to spread information on how ransomware works and what measures can
be taken to prevent infection.
is one of the founding partners that contributed to 9 decryption tools
that helped to retrieve the data encrypted by 38 ransomware families.
these tools have been downloaded more than 185,000 times.
is an effective way to get money from victims and remains one of the
biggest cybersecurity concerns,” said Jornt van
der Weil, security researcher at Kaspersky Global Research and Analysis
Team. “In just the first three months of 2022, more than 74,000 unique
users were found to have been exposed to this type of threat – and all
these attacks were successfully detected.
This has led to an increase in the tendency of helping these
initiatives, and I’m extremely happy that we are able to assist people
and companies in restoring their digital assets, without paying the
attackers. This way we hit the criminals where it hurts
– their business model – as users are no longer forced to pay to
decrypt their data. We will keep on fighting ransomware with our
existing and future partners.”
find further information on helping in the fight against ransomware, or
to learn more about the No More Ransom initiative, please visit the