An extraordinary collaboration between Kaspersky, Intel And Interpol gives birth to a new site that is available to the general public and offers free solutions to victims of ransom attacks
In the past two years, Ransomware, the malware that encrypts the computer files and requires the user to pay for opening the code within a limited period of time, Bitcoin. They have long been directed not only at private users, but at computers used in public places and even in government offices.
In fact, the threat of ransom software has grown at such a dizzying pace that today most EU countries are actively investigating it. Just two weeks ago We told you here on the site That more than 34% of Internet threats in the country come in the form of other ransom programs. Unfortunately, in the absence of any other possibility, many of the victims who hold important files have to pay to get them back and thus give the criminals what they want.
A new initiative May change the balance of power in the struggle. The site "No More Ransom"Which went online today for the purpose of helping the general public overcome the damage. The joint venture is the result of an extraordinary combination of forces between the security company Kaspersky, the security division of Intel, Interpol and the Netherlands Police.
The site contains reading material on the history of ransomware and offers useful tips for users to avoid getting caught, but the highlight is a function called "Crypto SheriffIt allows users who have been infected with ransomware to upload to the site servers an encrypted file from their computer and attach a brief description of the impact of the malware that infected them.
No More Ransom's system tries to identify, by file, the type of threat and enable the download of a special key to crack the encryption. The site currently contains no less than 160 thousand keys suitable for various types of ransom software. The site also warns that the chances of success are not perfect and there are ransom programs that are not in the database, and therefore urges surfers to report them through the system.
For surfers who want to prevent infection, the site recommends backing up important files, keeping your computer up to date and using strong antivirus software. It is also worthwhile to allow through the settings in "Windows" the option to view the file name extension, which indicates their format, thus making it easier to identify suspicious files.
Will van Gemert, deputy director of the Europol Operations Division, concluded by saying that "Initiatives like the No More Ransom venture show that the way to fight cybercrime is through a combination of forces and knowledge. We look forward to helping many people regain control of their files while stimulating Awareness and educating the public on how to keep their devices harmless. "