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

04 April 2017
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Nine months after the launch of the No More Ransom (NMR) project, an ever-growing number of law enforcement and private partners have joined the initiative, allowing more victims of ransomware to get their files back without paying the criminals.

The platform is now available in 14 languages and contains 40 free decryption tools. Since our 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 2016 by the Dutch National Police, Europol, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab, introducing a new level of cooperation 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 together. 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 webpage 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 victims across the globe.

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

  • 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

New private and public partners

AVAST, CERT Polska and Eleven Paths – Telefonica Cyber Security Unit, are joining No More Ransom as associated partners which brings the total to 7. 30 new partners have also decided to support the project, bringing the total to 76. New to join from the law enforcement side 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 (GCA), 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 Limited, SentinelOne and Verizon Enterprise Solutions. There is also a strong support from the CERT community, represented by AfricaCERT, BA-CSIRT (CSIRT of Buenos Aires City Government), Centro Nacional de Cibersegurança, Certego Incident Response Team, Cybersecurity Malaysia and the Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (JPCERT/CC).

The arrival of INTERPOL follows up as a conclusion from the INTERPOL-Europol Cybercrime Conference 2016, which exemplifies the practical and user-focused driven nature of this annual joint event.

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