Ransomware

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Ransomware Example

One weekday not that long ago, things started out as a normal morning at work. Coffee, morning music, checking email and getting into the daily routine... until our phones suddenly started ringing off the hook and our email started blowing up. It happened quickly and all at once. Our Quality and Engineering departments were getting Windows error dialog boxes when trying to open Excel files from our shared network drives. It took a minute to figure out what was happening, but we soon noticed that many of the files on our shared drives had been renamed. We also noticed that besides not being able to open files, there were some new readme files in our shared folders. Reviewing the readme files and doing a quick Google search revealed that we'd been hit with ransomware.

Weekly Tech Roundup — June 12

Technology News

Ransomware that can infect Mac computers, PowerPoint malware without macro scripts, and hackers that are hiding espionage malware in famous social media accounts — these are some of the new threats facing your data this week. What else is on the technological horizon?

Ransomware protection

The WannaCry attack in May highlighted the threat that ransomware poses to computer users around the world. Yet months before it happened, Acronis introduced a technology that kept countless customers safe during the historic attack.

As part of Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation, Acronis Active Protection™ protects your data against the threat of ransomware by identifying, isolating and defeating malicious code based on behavior patterns before it has a chance to cripple your computer.

Weekly Tech Roundup — May 22

Technology News

The world is still reeling after last week’s worldwide ransomware attack. For days after, the timer continued to run out on encrypted computers and new variants started popping up. What’s next for data protection after an attack like this? Find out in this week’s tech roundup.

Acronis True Image Test

Most anti-malware solutions are not ready for the next generation of ransomware attacks, a new report from NioGuard Security Lab shows. Acronis True Image has outperformed 22 anti-malware solutions.

WannaCry Ransomware

As we already covered, May 12 marked the start of the WannaCry ransomware worm attack (also known as WCry and WanaCrypt0r 2.0) that crippled more than 200,000 Windows machines around the globe. Initiated on Friday, just before the weekend, the attack hit victims on a massive scale, affecting a wide range of organizations, including telecoms, transport companies, government law enforcements and hospitals.  The global zero-day ransomware epidemic WannaCry attacked systems in more than 150 countries, making it the first ransomware epidemic of its kind.

Weekly Tech Roundup — May 16

WannaCry

As you probably already know, a massive cyberattack hit countries across the globe. Tens of thousands of ransomware attacks flooded IT systems around the world Friday, and these attacks continued to spread throughout the weekend. As of Tuesday morning, this WannaCry ransomware had spread to 150 countries and hundreds of thousands of computers.

WannaCry

The massive worldwide wave of ransomware attacks of May 12, 2017, instantly turned a once relatively obscure malware threat into screaming headline news and an urgent security concern for global leaders. The so-called WannaCry variant of ransomware, weaponized into deadly virulence with an exploit stolen from the USA’s National Security Agency, exploded through 99 countries, bringing down hospitals in the UK and telecoms operations in Spain. If the threat of ransomware wasn’t on your radar yesterday, it is today. And if you are scrambling for answers, Acronis already offers the single best defense against ransomware attacks, including WannaCry: Acronis Backup 12.5 with Active Protection™, which proactively exterminates ransomware and automatically, instantly restores any damaged data.

Weekly Tech Roundup — May 8

Tech News - May 9, 2017

When was the last time you received an email with an attachment from a stranger? Did you open it? A new phishing campaign rocketed around the world this week, and it wasn’t the only attack on personal data. Evolutions in old ransomware variants and innovative new ones were also looking for weaknesses in your data protection plans. Find out what’s next for your data in this week’s tech roundup.

Compare Backup Programs

You can’t predict ransomware attacks, and your attempts to avoid them may fail. You can follow computer backup best practices, but even then there is no guarantee that devious cyber criminals won’t uncover your weaknesses. That’s why Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation integrates ransomware protection technology in the form of Acronis Active Protection. 

Independent IT security research company MRG Effitas tested eight consumer backup products against ten ransomware families with some surprising results!