No More Ran­som cel­e­brates 1st in­cred­i­ble year

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

About one year ago the No More Ran­som ini­tia­tive was launched by the Dutch Na­tional Po­lice, Europol, McAfee and Kasper­sky Lab. To­day there are more than 100 part­ners, as ma­jor ran­somware at­tacks con­tinue to dom­i­nate the news, hit­ting busi­nesses, gov­ern­ments and in­di­vid­u­als all over the world.

No bet­ter cure than pre­ven­tion

Ran­somware has soared since 2012, with crim­i­nals lured by the prom­ise of profit and ease of im­ple­men­ta­tion. Every quar­ter there are more new ran­somware fam­i­lies, more vari­ants of ex­ist­ing fam­i­lies, and more at­tacks. The threat con­tin­ues to evolve, be­com­ing stealth­ier and more de­struc­tive, and tar­get­ing busi­nesses more than in­di­vid­u­als be­cause the po­ten­tial re­turns are much higher. The in­dis­crim­i­nate Wan­naCry at­tack in mid-May claimed more than 300,000 busi­ness vic­tims across 150 coun­tries in its first few days, crip­pling crit­i­cal in­fras­truc­ture and busi­nesses. Some or­ga­ni­za­tions are still strug­gling to re­cover from ExPetr at­tacks of 27 June. The to­tal num­ber of users who en­coun­tered ran­somware be­tween April 2016 and March 2017 rose by 11.4 per­cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 12 months, from 2,315,931 to 2,581,026 users around the world.

First year in num­bers

The site now car­ries 54 de­cryp­tion tools, pro­vided by 9 part­ners and cov­er­ing 104 kinds (fam­i­lies) of ran­somware. These tools have been down­loaded 225.000 times and have man­aged to de­crypt more than 28,000 de­vices. The por­tal has had more than 24.5 mil­lion page views since its launch, with a con­sol­i­dated av­er­age of 0.4 mil­lion per day. On 14 May alone, dur­ing the Wan­naCry cri­sis, 150,000 peo­ple vis­ited the web­site.

The No More Ran­som plat­form is now avail­able in 26 lan­guages, with the most re­cent ad­di­tions Bul­gar­ian, Chi­nese, Czech, Greek, Hun­gar­ian, In­done­sian, Malay, Nor­we­gian, Ro­ma­nian, Swedish, Tamil and Thai.

More than 100 part­ners

No More Ran­som now has over 104 part­ners, in­clud­ing As­so­ci­ated, Sup­port­ing and Found­ing mem­bers. The most re­cent joins in­clude, from the pri­vate sec­tor: Bit­sight, Fortinet, Claranet, CERT.BE, vp­nMen­tor, KISA (Korean In­ter­net & Se­cu­rity Agency), Global Fo­rum on Cy­ber Ex­per­tise (GFCE), Bournemouth Univer­sity (BU), EST Se­cu­rity, TWCERT/CC, Abelssoft, As­cora GmbH, In­terWorks, LLC and CSA Sin­ga­pore.

Three new law en­force­ment agen­cies have joined from Czech Repub­lic, Greece, and Iran. The suc­cess of the No More Ran­som ini­tia­tive is a shared suc­cess, one that can­not be achieved by law en­force­ment or pri­vate in­dus­try alone. By join­ing forces, we en­hance our abil­ity to take on the crim­i­nals and stop them from harm­ing peo­ple, busi­nesses and crit­i­cal in­fras­truc­ture, once and for all.

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