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Ransomware: Here's how much victims have saved in ransom payments by using these free decryption tools

Ransomware gangs been prevented from making over a billion dollars following ransomware attacks by free decryption tools made available by the No More Ransom scheme.

The project, founded by Europol, the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands' police, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, Kaspersky, and McAfee, launched five years ago and has grown to involve 170 partners across law enforcement, cybersecurity companies, academia, and others.

The No More Ransom portal now offers 121 free ransomware decryption tools which can decrypt 151 ransomware families. They've helped more than six million ransomware victims recover their encrypted files for free – all without the need to give into the demands of cyber extortionists.

Available in 37 languages, ransomware victims around the world have used the portal to help against ransomware attacks. The website's 'Crypto Sheriff' allows users to upload encrypted files to help identify which form of ransomware they've fallen victim to, then directs them to a free decryption tool if one is available.

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