Migration and Home Affairs

Cybersecurity: Free decryption keys for Cryakl ransomware now available

Friday, 9 February, 2018

The Belgian Federal Police, working in cooperation with Kaspersky Lab, is releasing free decryption keys for the Cryakl ransomware, obtained as part of an ongoing investigation. The decryption keys are available on the “No More Ransom” portal. These keys will allow victims of the Cryakl ransomware to regain access to their encrypted files without having to pay ransom to the criminals.

Ransomware has eclipsed most other cyber threats in recent years, attacking organisations in the public and private sector, as well as consumers. One of the most effective ways to fight ransomware is to prevent it. That is why “No More Ransom” was created in July 2016. The portal currently offers 52 free decryption tools, which can be used to decrypt 84 ransomware families. This has already helped 35,000 victims of ransomware recover their data and saved more than €10 million in ransom payments.

The portal “No More Ransom” is an initiative of the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and two cybersecurity companies – Kaspersky Lab and McAfee – with the goal to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay the criminals. The European Commission is a supporting partner.