In July 2016, Europol, the Dutch National Police, Kaspersky Lab, and Intel Security joined forces under the “No-More-Ransom” initiative to unite the public and private sector in the fight against ransomware. The parties developed a website that provides tools to victims to decrypt their data. The initiative’s goal was to create a non-commercial platform to counteract the increasing threat of ransomware. According to the new head of Europol’s Europe Cybercrime Centre, Steven Wilson, ransomware forms part of the top-3 threats to digital data in Europe.
The new partnership against cybercrime in Europe comes amid new U.S. legislation banning Kaspersky Lab from federal agencies and government contractors. The Moscow-based antivirus firm has been hit hard by new U.S. laws. In July, U.S. President Donald Trump removed Kaspersky from a list of approved IT vendors, and in December 2017, Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, [FN/1] banning the use of Kaspersky Lab products within the U.S. Government. Trump’s decision came after a months-long effort to purge the Russian antivirus maker from federal agencies amid concerns of Kremlin-related vulnerability. Article 1634 of the Act targets Kaspersky Lab by prohibiting every federal department, agency, or any other federal organization to make use of Kaspersky Lab products, including hardware, software, and other Kaspersky services. U.S. government agencies and contractors were directed to remove Kaspersky Lab products by October 1, 2018. Kaspersky Lab insists that they don’t spy for the Russians. Kaspersky announced that it would close its Washington, DC, office and focus on non-government customers in the United States through its remaining offices.
[FN/1]. H.R.2810, Pub. Law No: 115-91.