INTERPOL joins No More Ransom project to beef up global onslaught against ransomware

INTERPOL has joined the No More Ransom project which helps the public protect itself from ransomware while assisting victims to recover their data without having to pay the criminals involved.

The No More Ransom project 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. Since the launch, dozens of partners worldwide have joined to provide advice to the public and tools for decrypting affected devices.

The platform is available in 14 languages and currently contains 39 free decryption tools. More than 10,000 victims worldwide have been able to decrypt their data using the tools which target different types of ransomware.

INTERPOL joins the initiative following the INTERPOL-Europol Cybercrime Conference in September 2016 which focused on enhancing multi-stakeholder cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.

“The battle is over for these ransomware threats. If you have been infected with one of these types of ransomware click on the link under its name and it will lead you to a decryption tool,” states No More Ramsom on its website, naming the decrypted threats as: CRYSIS, MARSJOKE/POLYGLOT, WILDFIRE, CHIMERA, TESLACRYPT, SHADECOINVAULT, RANNOH and RAKHNI.

For emphasis, the site states thus: “The general advice is not to pay the ransom. By sending your money to cybercriminals you’ll only confirm that ransomware works, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get the decryption key you need in return.”