Serpent ransomware

Serpent is the 4th generation of the malware originally known as Zyklon. First, it became WildFire, then Hades Locker, and now, Serpent. This type of ransomware typically spreads through spear phishing emails containing a link to download the cryptolocker.

Total eclipse August 21, 2017

A total eclipse of the sun doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it doesn’t happen every decade or even every century.

According to NASA, the opportunity to experience one where you live usually comes around once every 375 years. So the total eclipse that will be visible from a wide swath of the United States on August 21, 2017, is going to provide a cool, once-in-a-lifetime diversion for a huge part of the population.

Spora ransomware

Spora ransomware has been active since the beginning of this year. Typically, it is distributed through spear phishing and watering hole attacks, but the recently discovered variant spreads through the HoeflerText pop-ups on infected websites in EITest campaigns.

Even though Spora ransomware is not new, the latest modification, when it was first discovered, was only blocked by a limited number of anti-malware programs. This could be due to the fact that the new build is using the polymorphic encryptor to create new copies of itself for further spreading and extra code obfuscation. It also has a slightly changed payload.

Acronis – Scuderia Toro Rosso Partnership

One year ago in Hungary, Acronis announced a long-term partnership with Scuderia Toro Rosso, becoming the first Singaporean company to sponsor an F1 racing team!

One year on, the partnership is growing stronger. Scuderia Toro Rosso has moved from the role of being a product supporter to using Acronis’ solutions itself, both trackside and in the factory.

Fight Ransomware

Whenever there’s a large-scale ransomware attack like WannaCry and EternalPetya, the number of infected computers reported by the media can be overwhelming.  It’s easy to forget there are thousands of individuals who need to rebuild their digital lives in the aftermath.  

But hearing customers talk about how Acronis saved their data is a great reminder that our solutions help real people every day. Take yesterday’s email titled “How Acronis True Image 2017 NG proved to be a lifeguard.

System Clean-Up

Occasionally computer storage is compared with the attic of a house. That’s because no matter how much space you think there is, it fills up fast – often with things you no longer need.

But did you know Acronis True Image has a handy way to free up some space in your Windows system? It’s a quick way to clean up your PC.

Cerber Ransomware

The well known Cerber ransomware continues to be active this summer. The size of the cryptolocker varies between 244 to 292 Kbytes, with the new builds spreading via spear phishing email campaigns, targeting enterprises. The latest Cerber ransomware easily bypasses traditional defenses. The analyzed Cerber sample (MD5: cfd2d6f189b04d42618007fc9c540352) was only detected as a suspicious malicious object by nine out of 64 antiviruses on the first submission to Virustotal. The low detection rate can be explained by the fact that the cryptolocker is using a polymorphic encryptor and API call obfuscation to protect its copies from being detected by antiviruses.

 

Acronis VSS Doctor

Backups are invaluable for getting your system up and running when a process fails. But what can you do when a Windows process that is part of creating backups stops working properly?

For backup applications that rely on Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) when creating backup image files, failures are possible when something happens to VSS. Acronis VSS Doctor is the cure.

Toro Rosso Access Advanced

Formula 1 teams share large amounts of data between racing locations, home base, and partners. Scuderia Toro Rosso is no exception. With a small army of trackside engineers and hundreds of devices following the racing calendar around the globe, the data flow never stops.

Some data, like telemetry, pumps through the standard channels for a live feed at the factory. Other information, race-specific calculations and sensitive data, may fall outside of the always-on telemetry stream and require extra attention. While there’s always been sufficient security in place, secure data exchange required manual setup, which prompted Scuderia Toro Rosso to deploy Acronis Access Advanced to streamline the process.

Patya Wiper

Remember that fast-moving cyberattack that slashed its way across the globe in late June? Turns out it wasn’t really ransomware but an even more malicious piece of malware called a “wiper” that left victims with no hope of getting back their data.