Worried about getting hit with ransomware? You're not alone. The good news is that security experts and law enforcement have been working to combat ransomware: over the past year, the No More Ransom project has developed free decryptor tools for more than two dozen strains of ransomware.
Jornt van der Wiel, a Kaspersky Lab security researcher, notes that No More Ransom was launched in July 2016 by the Dutch National Police, Europol, Kaspersky Lab, and Intel Security.
From those early meetings, No More Ransom started releasing the first batch of free decryptor tools. In December, Bitdefender, Emsisoft, Check Point, and Trend Micro joined the project as associate partners.
"We have definitely angered the ransomware makers," says Intel Security Vice President and CTO Raj Samani. "Recently, we found a ransomware variant using the file extension .nomoreransom, so they know who we are."
The No More Ransom site is managed by Amazon Web Services and Barracuda. For more information and access to the full range of free decryptor tools, check out No More Ransom.
Here's a look at the free tools available to get back your data after a ransomware attack as welll as in inside look at how they were created, based on interviews with vand der Wiel and Samani.
Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience, most of the last 24 of which were spent covering networking and security technology. Steve is based in Columbia, Md. View Full Bio