A new ransomware variant avoided detection by being spread through a spear phishing email campaign as an obfuscated PowerShell script. Many traditional anti-malware solutions are not ready for the next generation of ransomware attacks. Acronis, however, has been very successful.

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When it comes to running and restoring your system, the more control and customization you have the better. Yet it seems that in their efforts to make computers less prone to user error, the default options for managing files have become a bit watered down.

But did you know that Acronis True Image’s WinPE bootable recovery media contains a very useful file manager that can help you retain control? Here’s how you can access it.

Move Data from Android to iPhone

If you need to transfer data from one smartphone to another, try Acronis True Image. Just install, run a backup on one device and restore it on the other. The entire process is transparent and you’ll even be able to select what photos, videos (and other data) to restore. There are no surprises and you’ll see exactly what happens during this process.

Protect from Industroyer

If you are interested in cybersecurity, you may remember Stuxnet, an infamous worm which stopped uranium enrichment plants in Iran back in 2010. It’s no longer a secret that it was an Israeli-American cyberweapon. Since that time there were a lot of cases where critical infrastructure was attacked without any political motivation. One recent case is Industroyer — a mix of cyber weapon and ransomware-like products. We were contacted by our big OEM partners running process control systems who asked about this threat, wondering if our newest anti-ransomware technology, namely Acronis Active Protection™ could help. And guess what? Acronis Active Protection does help!

Acronis Universal Restore

Nobody likes change. But while changing hardware can be a challenge, Acronis Universal Restore makes it simple.

That’s because when it comes to moving an existing Windows system to a new computer, Acronis Universal Restore is the tool you need. Windows systems may not boot properly when loaded on a new computer with dissimilar hardware, but Universal Restore solves that problem and makes booting the system in the new hardware environment seamless.

Petya Ransomware

The new Petya-like ransomware just served a big blow to hundreds of banks, corporations, government organizations, post offices and shopping outlets around the world, spreading like fire, taking advantage of the EternalBlue exploit used by WannaCry ransomware only a few weeks before.

Petya, Petrwrap, EternalPetya — while the world is still deciding what to call this damaging ransomware worm, let’s pull it apart and see what it’s made of.

Petya Ransomware

Another fast-moving ransomware attack is tearing across the globe, striking a number of high-profile businesses, transportation networks, public utilities and government agencies in Europe and the United States.

The attack was initially focused in Ukraine and Russia. The National Bank of Ukraine saw ATMs across the country go down, and systems monitoring radiation at the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant were also affected. Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft, was also hit.

Within hours the ransomware had spread in a manner reminiscent of last month’s WannaCry attack, victimizing the Copenhagen-based A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, and WPP in London, the world’s largest advertising agency, as well as entities in France and Spain.

It eventually hopped the Atlantic and landed in the United States.  

GDPR

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25, 2018 and it’s going to affect every business operating in the EU or dealing with EU customers. The new regulation replaces the outdated European Data Protection Directive that was adopted in 1995, and is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across the EU member states, protecting EU citizens’ personal data.

Acronis is currently preparing an official statement to announce full GDPR compliance — both as a company dealing with EU customers and as a vendor providing data protection technology to other businesses operating in the EU space. The announcement will be accompanied by a new set of tools enabling service providers, partners and end customers to flag, log, store, and delete data in accordance with the new regulations.

Power User Insights: Acronis Drive Cleanser

Acronis Drive Cleanser

If there is one thing Acronis is known for, it is protecting the data on your hard drive. What’s not as well-known is how thoroughly Acronis True Image allows you to wipe the data from a previously used hard drive when you’re preparing it for resale or use in a new computer.

Securing your data means taking steps to ensure it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands — and the Acronis Drive Cleanser feature makes it quick and easy.

Acronis Notary Certificate

Acronis Notary™ creates digital certificates, based on checksums of your files, and then stores these certificates in the blockchain database, Ethereum, to ensure they can never be modified.