A partnership between public and private organisations in Europe is hoping to eliminate ransomware completely.
Under the slightly ambitious slogan of “No more ransomware“, technology security companies Kaspersky and Intel Security are teaming up with government agencies such as the High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ Police, and the European Cybercrime Centre of Europol, short for European Police, which is a bit like the FBI for Europe.
In statements of intent on its website, the public-private partnership group says: “Prevention is possible. Following simple cyber security advice can help you to avoid becoming a victim of ransomware.”
That’s the good news. The bad news is: “Unfortunately, in many cases, once the ransomware has been released into your device there is little you can do unless you have a backup or security software in place.”
Ransomware is a type of computer virus that basically locks you out of your computer or device by taking over a piece of software or the entire operating system.
Users then have to pay some shadowy company for a solution to unlock the device.