Four years on from launch, the No More Ransom initiative has helped over four million victims of ransomware attacks retrieve their files for free. Over four million victims of ransomware attacks have now avoided paying over £600 million in extortion demands to cybercriminals in the first four years of Europol‘s No More Ransom initiative.
First launched in 2016 with four founding members, No More Ransom provides free decryption tools for ransomware and has been growing ever since, now consisting of 163 partners across cybersecurity, law enforcement bodies, financial services, and more.
Together, they’ve released free decryption tools for over 140 families of ransomware that have been downloaded a combined total of over 4.2 million times – something that Europol estimates have prevented $632 million from being paid out to cybercriminals.
Among the top contributors to the project are Emsisoft, which has provided 54 decryption tools for 45 ransomware families, founding member Kaspersky, which has provided five tools for 32 ransomware families and Trend Micro, which has provided two decryption tools for 27 ransomware families.
Other cybersecurity firms that have provided multiple tools to No More Ransom include Avast, Bitdefender, Check Point, ESET, and founding member McAfee.
No More Ransom is now available in 36 languages and has received visitors from 188 countries around the world. The largest number of visitors come from South Korea, the US, Brazil, Russia, and India.