The cyber security researchers of MalwareHunterTeam have counted more than 200 ransomware families being utilized by hackers, let alone separate ransomware viruses. These cyber security analysts launched ID Ransomware service in March, which provides the function of ransomware identification. The affected users can upload their encrypted files or the ransom notes they have received on id-ransomware.malwarehunterteam.com website to find out which exact ransomware has victimized them. This week was the week, when ID Ransomware service by MalwareHunterTeam calculated over 200 of ransomware families in total.
As the number of ransomware clans increases, the same can be observed as regards the ransomware attacks carried out. According to the cyber security experts of Kaspersky Lab, there were more than 715,000 ransomware attacks implemented worldwide between the April of 2015 and the March of this year, that is 2016. The annual increase of 5.5 times was observed.
Thus, serious measures had to be undertaken in fighting this everlasting battle with the coders of ransomware programs. The public-private No More Ransom project was launched in July. This project involves The Dutch National Police together with the law enforcement agencies from 13 countries, namely, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, Lithuania, Columbia, and Europol, the private companies such as Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security/McAfee. It is available at nomoreransom.org and offers free decryptors so that the victims could retrieve their locked data files without having contacted the hackers and payed them any money. The owners of the website have reported that this week more than 2,500 users, affected by ransomware attacks, reached out to download their decrypters, among which the most popular ones were those for the decryption of files enctypted CoinVault, WildFire and Shade crypto malwares. This initiative saved over 1 million USD in total for the ransomware victims.
The focus is shifted on the prevention and awareness of these file-encrypting viruses. Such strategy has been adopted by the FBI (the Federal Bureau of Investigation) in the United States. It mainly deals with the recommendation to create backups. Since it is a losing race to make up the leeway in the case of crypto-lockers’ attacks. We would advise to follow these general recommendations so that you will not suffer the worst consequences, if ransomware has infected your computer.