A team of experts from Europol, Intel Security, The Dutch National Police and Kaspersky Lab joined in the fight against ransomware.
To do this, they launched an online portal named “No More Ransom” that offers information on how ransom works and how people can protect themselves against it.
The portal explains the perils of ransomware and helps the victims to recover their data without falling into the trap.
The process involves locking the computer or encrypting data, after which the hackers can ask for money to give the owner access to the device or the respective files.
The danger comes from the fact that, when the users have valuable data stored on the computer, they are ready and often do pay hackers the requested amount to recover their files.
The result is a boost for the underground economy, and the success of the technique motivates more people to use ransomware, which in turn multiplies the attacks.
The Interpol Director of Operations said that two-thirds of the EU member states are currently investigating digital assaults.
The issue had become a significant concern, as it’s affecting both businesses and citizens. The hackers attack mobile devices just as well as computers, and the techniques became sophisticated, and they now have a higher impact on the data.
The portal contains four decryption tools for different types of malware, which can be used by the victims to recover their stolen information. The latest tool was uploaded last month and involves the Shade Trojan, a malware that spreads through infected email attachments and websites.
As there are not enough decryption programs invented for all the hacking software that is currently available, the chances are that once a device is infected, all data is forever lost. Therefore, the security experts stress out the fact that the most important thing is to inform users about the danger and how they can avoid it.
The portal also asks the victims not to pay the ransom, as the money will support the cyber crime business and there is no guarantee that the encrypted content will be restored.
Another thing that must be done is to report the crime to law enforcement. The No More Ransom website has a place where people can inform the authorities on the hacking.
In order to protect against ransomware, it is important to set up a recovery system, to have a powerful antivirus, to keep all the software updated, and not to open links or attachments that seem fake.
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