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Cure For Ransomware: Europol Offers 136 Free Tools To Rescue Encrypted Files Against Ransomware

NEW DELHI: Europol is giving over a hundred free decryption tools to assist release hostage files from cyber criminals in order to protect organisations and individuals from the ever-increasing menace of Ransomware.

The No More Ransom portal currently offers 136 free tools for 165 ransomware variants, including Gandcrab, REvil/Sodinokibi, Maze/Egregor/Sekhmet, and others, thanks to Europol, the Dutch National Police (Politie), and IT security businesses. Over 188 governmental and private sector partners have joined the initiative, offering new decryption tools for the most recent strains of dangerous malware on a regular basis.

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No More Ransom, which celebrates its sixth anniversary on Tuesday, provides keys for unlocking encrypted files as well as tips for avoiding infection in the first place.

Europol initiated the effort, which first included four tools for decrypting various varieties of ransomware and was only available in English. Six years later, No More Ransom offers 136 free tools for 165 ransomware strains, according to officials.

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To date, the scheme has assisted over 1.5 million customers in successfully decrypting their devices without the requirement for payment to the crooks.

To further aid victims of ransomware around the world, the platform is available in 37 languages.

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PREVENTION IS THE BEST CURE

The best remedy for ransomware is still vigilant prevention. Below are quick safety tips:

1: Back up your electronic devices’ data on a regular basis.

2: Keep an eye on your clicks; do you know where a link will take you?

3: Never open attachments from unknown senders, even if they appear important and legitimate.

4: Make sure your security software and operating system are current.

5: Protect your user accounts with two-factor authentication (2FA).

6: Restrict the ability to export huge amounts of company data to third-party file exchange platforms.

7: Do not pay if you become a victim! Report the crime and look for decryption tools at No More Ransom.

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Shashank Shekhar
Shashank Shekhar
Editor, The420.in. I am a communication enthusiast with a voracious appetite to learn, in a journalistic career spanning almost 14 years, I have worked for several leading publications and online platforms.

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