Fight against ransomware: New website to get help faster marks five years of ‘No More Ransom’ initiative that helped over six million victims recover their data

Today (July 26, 2021), Europol, the EU law enforcement agency, marks five years of its ‘No More Ransom’ project with a revamped website that allows easy access to decryption tools and other help in over 30 languages. The initiative supplies ransomware victims with decryption tools to recover their encrypted files, helps them report cases to law enforcement authorities and contributes to raising awareness about ransomware. Since its launch five years ago, the project has already helped more than six million victims worldwide and prevented criminals from making almost a billion euro in profits. The Commission is a partner of the project, together with tech companies, law enforcement, and public and private sector entities. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks users’ computers and encrypts their data. The criminals behind the malware demand a ransom from the user in order to regain control over the affected device or files. Ransomware represents a growing threat, affecting all sectors including energy infrastructure or health care. Protecting European citizens and businesses against cyber threats, including against ransomware, is a priority for the Commission.

Unhacked: 121 tools against ransomware on a single website

In its five years of existence, No More Ransom has helped prevent almost a billion euros from ending up in criminals’ pockets.

Working from home, the beach or a café is a reality for many people today. Everything we need is stored in our digital devices, such as personal computers, laptops and mobile phones, which contain important information about our personal and professional lives. Digitalisation has created a flexible living environment that gives us the freedom to easily access a universe of information. It also provides us with the space to store hundreds of thousands of different files: pictures of our kids and pets, electronic tickets, projects, important matrixes we have worked on for weeks, archives filled with decades of knowledge and memories. Ransomware enables criminals to steal all this in an instant. That is why it is crucial to beware, be aware and protect your digital world.

Locked? Check the No More Ransom website for a key

The decryptors available in the No More Ransom repository have helped more than six million people to recover their files for free. This prevented criminals from earning almost a billion euros through ransomware attacks. Currently offering 121 free tools able to decrypt 151 ransomware families, it unites 170 partners from the public and private sector. The portal is available in 37 languages.

A new No More Ransom website has been launched to mark the project’s fifth year. Modern and more user-friendly, the new home of the Crypto Sheriff offers updated information on ransomware, as well as advice on how to prevent a ransomware infection. 

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The best way to stay healthy is not to get sick. That obvious statement also applies to ransomware attacks. Anyone can be a target – individuals and companies of all sizes. So, what can we do?

  • Regularly back up data stored on your electronic devices.
  • Watch your clicks – do you know where a link will take you? 
  • Beware of attachments in emails.
  • Ensure that your security software and operating system are up to date.
  • If you become a victim, do not pay! Report the crime and check No More Ransom for decryption tools.

For the full picture: read all the prevention advice on the No More Ransom website.

 
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Join us in our fight against ransomware

The partnership between law enforcement and private industry has contributed to the success of No More Ransom by helping victims and reducing criminal profits.

Do you have an innovative solution for ransomware families not covered yet in the portal? We want to hear from you!

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