A security researcher has compiled the Ransomware Removal kit that could be used in the process of responding to ransomware infections.
CryptoLocker, CoinVault, and TeslaCrypt are the names of some of the most dreaded ransomware that infected million of users worldwide. The extortion is a very common practice in the cyber criminal underground and ransomware are a powerful instrument for criminal crews to rapidly cash-out their efforts.
In several cases, victims opted to pay a fee to cyber criminals in order to restore their files.
The good news in that a security researcher has compiled a ransomware removal and rescue kit that could help victims to sanitize their infected system and unlock encrypted files.
The security professional Jada Cyrus has compiled a “Ransomware Rescue Kit“, also known as “Ransomware Removal Kit” and published it online. The Ransomware Removal Kit tool is free, the idea behind the application is to provide a unique instrument to support decryption tools for different strains of ransomware:
“I have compiled this kit to be used for security professionals and system administrators alike, in order to help streamline the process of responding to ransomware infections. Some of the information in this kit is obsolete due to the rapidly evolving nature of ransomware. I will do my best to keep it up to date with the help of the malware community at large.” wrote Cyrus.
One of the most important suggestions to follow in case of ransomware infection it to avoid paying the ransom.
“You should never pay the ransom,” Cyrus says. “This will only reinforce this type of attack. According to most security intelligence reports, criminal enterprises are already making large profits from ransomware.”