This initiative, which unites the forces of security agencies of different countries with the expertise of the private sector, educates about the ransomware and helps to decrypt files without paying the ransom requested.

At the end of July, Kaspersky Lab, Intel Security, Europol and the National Police of the Netherlands launched the initiative No More Ransom, which seeks the collaboration between companies and private security bodies to end the epidemic of ransomware. This is, with the malware that hijacks computers and asks for a ransom to their owners to free them.

Without having served three months in operation, the initial agreement has been expanded with thirteen new members. And is that the security forces of different countries, including Spain, have decided to join their fight. is The National Police of our country to become part as well for No More Ransom.

“The ransomware is today one of the biggest cyber threats affecting all strata of society: citizens, public administrations, small and medium-sized enterprises, etc., Since the National Police is considered that the project NoMoreRansom can be very useful in combating this type of crime, because on the one hand it is a response to the crime once committed, helping the citizen to decrypt their files,

and on the other provides information extremely useful to avoid being a victim this type of attacks”, declares Ignacio Sanjuán Gomera, inspector of police, representative of the Unit of Technological Research in the working group JCAT of Europol.

By now it has helped some 2,500 people to decrypt their files, and it has prevented the payment of more than 900,000 euros in bailouts.

For Alfonso Ramírez, general director of Kaspersky Lab Iberia, “the struggle against the ransomware will have even more success when law enforcement and the private sector to join”. In fact, it is expected that a second phase of No More Ransom that will host private organizations that have already shown their interest.

“analysts can offer an investigation of malware most comprehensive and services such as the exploration of Internet, helping to find connections between the different elements of the data. This will allow the police to locate the servers that are used to manage the attack” says Ramirez. “In some cases, the vision of the analysts can also help to locate and arrest the crooks responsible. The servers seized may contain decryption keys, and, when shared with companies in the private sector this can be converted into tools that will help the victims to unlock their data without having to pay the ransom”.

“Basically, the exchange of information is the key to an effective cooperation between the police investigators and security”, sentence this professional. “Get more law enforcement agencies of different countries on board the project will improve the exchange of operational information, so that in the ransomware be able to combat more effectively”.