Channel Strong in Denver: The Positive Vibes Tour rolls on

Iconic might just be the word for the stop our Channel Strong: Positive Vibes Tour made in Denver today. Not just because we had super-awesome hosts, but because we had such a great event.

In the spirit of community support, we were able to collect a lot more food for the food bank, but unlike yesterday’s stop in Kansas City, today’s donations included pet food. That’s something I never even would have thought about. Our tour partners PAX8 brought in a few carloads of food too!

In addition to the food collection, today’s stop enabled us to give a boost to two downtown small businesses who’ve been hit hard by the lockdown.

Top cyberthreat against macOS now installs adware with a Python script

The first examples of the Shlayer malware family were discovered in February 2018. Since then, it has become the most popular macOS first-stage trojan-downloader.

Shlayer remotely installs other malicious or potentially unwanted applications such as Cimpli, Bnodlero, Geonei, and Pirrit adware for macOS X desktops and laptops, mostly targeting US-based users. Once installed, the adware collects the victim’s personal data and tracks browsing activities that can be used to target additional ads. This newest version of the trojan leverages a Python script for stealthier execution of the malicious payload and employs data encryption for communications with its external command and control (C&C) server.

Channel Strong in Kansas City: Local support means many things

Our Channel Strong: Positive Vibes Tour keeps rolling down the road, and the Kansas City stop at Blue Tree Technology was an extremely fun event.

We got to meet our hosts, the Blue Tree team, and tour their office – with each member of the Channel Strong group visiting the office one person at a time. Blue Tree has a great business right in the heart of Kansas City servicing small- and medium-sized businesses in the greater KC area.

Cyberthreat update from Acronis CPOCs: Week of August 10, 2020

Here at Acronis, we’re always monitoring for dangers to your data, deploying updates to handle newly-discovered vulnerabilities, and issuing alerts and recommendations to help you stay protected. Our global network of Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers (CPOCs) continue to work around the clock to proactively detect and defend against the latest cyberthreats.

Part of this work includes video updates to inform you of new hazards in the digital landscape. Here’s a look at some of the most recent breaking news and analyses:

Channel Strong in Chicago: Talking MSP vs MssP

Day one of the Channel Strong: Positive Vibe Tour is in the bag! We met with awesome partners and enjoyed the tremendous hosting of Lori Tisinai outside on the docks at the Chicago Yacht Club. We ate, we drank, and we had great conversations while socially distancing and enjoying how fantastic it felt to be out – and together!

We talked a little nerd, met new MSPs, and learned new things about how real MSPs are currently running their businesses.

Channel Strong: Positive Vibes Tour

While many presenters have tried, no one's quite cracked the code yet ... and virtual events simply are just not the same as the in-person conversations that are so vital for those of us who work in the IT Channel.

If you've craved some face-to-face interaction and want to connect with your favorite channel colleagues, I've got a surprise for you. Acronis, BVoIP, Pax8, Liongard, ConnectBooster, Compliancy Group, and SocSoter are working together and we’ll be holding outdoor channel meetups in several cities over the next three weeks.

Today kicks off the first day in the soon-to-be-famous Channel Strong: The Positive Vibes Tour! 

CompTIA’s ChannelCON nailed it!

CompTIA’s ChannelCON nailed it

Connection. If there’s one word that best sums up what CompTIA is all about, it’s “connection”. It connects the global IT community as we all learn, grow, and navigate this amazing channel. One of the best parts of CompTIA is that no matter what the goal is – from new and innovative certifications or trust marks to political lobby missions to conferences aimed at bringing vendors and partners together – CompTIA is all about building relationships.

And I’ve personally seen many of those relationships turn into true friendships.

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is certified as an ICSA Labs anti-malware solution

This year, Acronis successfully took part in ICSA Labs’ assessment for Endpoint Product for Business, Anti-malware certification. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud passed all of the tests to be certified and achieved the same excellent result it did with AV-Comparatives and VB100 – earning certification after its first test. As in evaluations by other testing laboratories, Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud showed zero false-positive reactions, a close to perfect (99.9%) on-demand detection rate, and a 98.2% real-world detection of new and unknown malware threats!

Phishers are back in the news, but they never really went away

The recent embarrassing hack of Twitter that led to the compromise of some very famous accounts (Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, et. al.) for use in a bitcoin-stealing scam grabbed global headlines for a few days. The story started winding down with the arrests of three young men in the UK and Florida. 

Twitter should feel lucky today that the thieves only set their sights on a small payday (netting less than $120K before they got caught) rather than broadcasting false headlines that might have shaken global financial markets. It’s a useful reminder that phishing remains among the most popular and successful attack vectors for a variety of cybercrimes, accounting for some 30% of all breaches.