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May-July 2018

Belgian police share Cryakl ransomware keys

The Belgian Federal Police obtained the decryption keys for the Cryakl ransomware during an investigation after Belgian citizens were hit by the ransomware. The Belgian Federal Computer Crime Unit (FCCU) was able to locate a command and control centre in one of Belgium’s neighbouring countries. Led by the federal prosecutor’s office, the Belgian authorities seized the command and control servers and other servers, while forensic analysis worked to retrieve the decryption keys. Kaspersky Lab, one of the founders of No More Ransom, provided technical expertise to the Belgian federal prosecutor and has now added these keys to the portal to enable victims to regain access to their encrypted files without having to pay the criminals. The Belgian authorities are currently continuing the investigation, but decided to release the keys to help victims of this ransomware. By sharing the keys with No More Ransom, the Belgian Federal Police becomes a new associated partner of the project, the second law enforcement agency after the Dutch ...

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