By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 February 2018 • 15:45
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SPANISH and UK police have partnered in a Europe-wide scheme to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay the criminals.
The UK’s National Crime Agency and Spain’s Guardia Civil and National Police are just some of the forces who have joined with IT security companies to create the ‘No More Ransom!’ project.
If your computer infected by ransomware they offer some free decryption tools on their website that might help you retrieve your data.
The website (see link at foot of article) says the general advice is not to pay the ransom.
It says, “By sending your money to cybercriminals you’ll only confirm that ransomware works, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get the decryption key you need in return.”
The project also aims to educate users about how ransomware works and what countermeasures can be taken to effectively prevent infection.
“It is much easier to avoid the threat than to fight against it once the system is affected.”
A ransomware attack is typically delivered via an e-mail attachment which could be an executable file, an archive or an image. Once the attachment is opened, the malware is released into the user’s system.
Cybercriminals can also plant the malware on websites. When a user visits the site unknowingly, the malware is released into the system.
Lock Screen Ransomware — WinLocker
For more information visit: https://www.nomoreransom.org
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