The Atlanta SamSam attack proves prevention is best

According to Atlanta’s chief of Information Management, more than a third of the city’s 424 essential applications were laid low by the SamSam ransomware attack in April, with 30 percent of those supporting vital municipal functions like the court system and police department. According to reports, the City Attorney's office lost all but six of its 77 computers and 10 years' worth of documents, while the police department lost all of its stored dash cam recordings: serious losses of critical data.

The attack illustrates the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure -- especially since there is a free anti-ransomware solution that would have stopped the attack and saved the city $10 million. 

Google fined $5 billion as the EU flexes its regulatory muscles

On July 18, an announcement flashed across the internet that the European Union (EU) slapped Google with a $5 billion antitrust fine for bundling its products into its popular Android phones. Although this may not seem relevant to small business owners who have European customers, this penalty incorporates two valuable lessons as the new era of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement unfolds.

Here’s why your business should be paying attention.

Meet the World-class Stars of the Data Protection Team

Meet the World-class Stars of the Data Protection Team

With just one match to go, getting tickets to the cup championship in Russia this Sunday is as difficult as blocking a shot by Harry Kane. Whether you're hoping to catch a French win or want the English team to "take it home" if you’re at the event you know that your digital media will be your record of the festivities.

With mobile devices becoming a new attack vector, fans need to secure all their information with an artificial intelligence based data protection option that rivals the top players who appeared in the 2018 tournament.

Cyanweb Solutions taken down in online attack

Cyanweb Solutions taken down in online attack

On June 27, 2018, Australian web and IT services provider Cyanweb Solutions experienced a data terrorist attack: the stuff of business nightmares. A coordinated attack against the Perth-based company deleted all but 12 percent of the client data stored on its cPanel administrative server.

As a company that not only designs websites but acts as an in-house IT department and online marketing advisor to its business customers, the attack’s speed and sophistication is a reminder that even the savviest technology companies are at risk.

Thankfully, you have more control over your information than you realize.

Separating fact from fiction in The President is Missing

IT security professionals often cringe in amusement when cybercrime-themed novels appear on bestseller lists, like “The President is Missing” by former US President Bill Clinton and fiction author James Patterson. Its plot centers on a “devastating stealth wiper virus” called Dark Ages, likely a nod to recent real-world ransomware outbreaks.

But this is entertainment, not a serious work of scholarship. If you are worrying about a cyberattack that can only be stopped by a superhero, you hopefully are reclined and sipping a piña colada, not thinking about actual IT security strategy.

Artificial Intelligence's Role on Soccer's Biggest Stage

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the 2018 Soccer Tournament

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are quickly changing how we experience the world. As the biggest soccer tournament of 2018 amps up soccer fans around the world, few are probably thinking about AI’s impact on the games – yet these cutting-edge technologies are also transforming how we play, watch, and predict sports.

Let’s take a look at how these technological innovations are helping to reshape the world of international soccer, and where else they’re acting as game changers.

The Trump-Kim Summit missed addressing cyber warfare

Now that the U.S. and North Korean officials have left Singapore, the pundits are debating the effectiveness of the recent nuclear weapons summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un. Yet despite the multiple areas of concern covered during the summit, there’s one security topic that wasn’t addressed by either side – cyber warfare.

In fact, just three days after the summit, North Korea was again accused of launching a new attack as the Typeframe malware strain was uncovered.

Given our role as a global leader in cyber protection, Acronis was hopeful that the negotiations would address these concerns. The experts at Acronis’ Singaporean Security Research Centre consider cyber warfare an unfortunate omission from these talks.

USB fan raises security concerns at Singapore Summit

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The 3,000 journalists covering the historic Trump-Kim Summit all received a goody bag that included a bottle of water, a hand-held fan with Kim’s face printed on it, and a guidebook to Sentosa island, the resort where the talks are taking place.

Also included was a USB-powered fan to help cool the reporters down while they typed their stories in the sweltering heat of Singapore. While some journalists considered it a thoughtful gift, many of those who cover the cybersecurity beat saw a potential threat.

Acronis celebrates 15 years of data protection

It’s always nice to mark special occasions with friends and family. Acronis was reminded of that pleasure yesterday, as we held the first of several celebrations to mark our 15th Anniversary. Surrounded by our partners, customers and a host of special guests, we hosted a gala event at our newly expanded corporate headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

Not every company successfully competes – let alone leads – in their industry for 15 years, so Acronis is pleased to take a few moments to celebrate our successes.

Cloud backup saves data from natural disasters

Whether it’s lava flowing through the streets of Hilo, Hawaii or Storm Alberto flooding the southeastern United States, the dramatic footage of the past week captures more than the devastating power of nature – we’re seeing the loss of homes and businesses. When families and business owners are forced to evacuate, they must quickly decide which physical items to bring with them.

From family pictures to payroll records, a backup can provide critical consolation that not all will be lost, no matter how chaotic and terrifying the disaster.