Fighting back against ransomware: 32 more free decryptors added to No More Ransom campaign

The project founded by Europol, Intel, Kaspersky Lab and the Dutch National police also added 34 new partners.
By Jessica Davis
02:03 PM
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The 'No More Ransom' campaign, established by Intel Security, Kaspersky Lab, Europol and the Dutch National police in July, expanded again with the addition of 34 new partners and 32 new decryptors, Europol announced Thursday.

Security companies Emsisoft, Check Point, Trend Micro and Bitdefender are now associate partners of the project, which means the companies directly contribute to the development of decryption keys and tools.

Emsisoft discovered the decryptor for the Stampado ransomware strain, soon after it was released on the black market. Trend Micro released decryptors for some strains of the TeslaCrypt, CryptXXX, AutoLocky, SNSLocker and Chimera ransomware families.

These companies have helped to add the 32 new decryption tools.

As of December 15, more than 6,000 users have been able to decrypt their files without paying the ransom, using the decryption tools from the 'No More Ransom' site.

eu-LISA (the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice) and the national police from: Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Romania, Singapore and Slovenia have joined the cause as supporting partners.

There are now 22 countries involved with the cause.

Also joining the project as supporting partners are: ESET; Heimdal Security; Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU institutions, agencies and bodies; Irish Reporting and Information Security Service; and the Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg, among others.

"Both the private sector and law enforcement are stepping up efforts to fight these cybercriminals who are using ransomware to deprive their victims of large amounts of money," Europol officials said in a statement. "However, awareness remains key to preventing ransomware from being successful."

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