NEW Acronis Ransomware Protection

Given the explosion of ransomware – malicious code that infects your computer and denies you access unless you pay a ransom – Acronis is doing all it can to combat it and protect the data of businesses and home users. That’s why we’re excited to launch a free version of our anti-ransomware software today.

Acronis Ransomware Protection, is a free, standalone version of our unique, artificial intelligence-based anti-ransomware technology, which stops ransomware attacks in real-time and helps users to recover data without paying the ransom.

Acronis 2018 Data Protection Survey

Acronis 2018 Data Protection Survey

In a January 2018 survey polling members of the internet population on topics including how they protect their valuable files, if they know about ransomware, and what factors influence their software purchases, nearly half of the population (46.4 percent) reported that they were not aware of ransomware as a threat.

It proves once again that to combat the threat, we must ramp up awareness and spread the word.

 

Paradise RansomwareThe Paradise ransomware that was seen in September 2017 is back, launching a new round of attacks in early January. This strain provides an unbreakable encryption scheme by using the RSA cipher for file encryption – an unusual cipher choice that makes fighting this strain even more challenging.

Here’s a complete analysis of Paradise ransomware so you know what you’re facing, and how you can avoid it.

CloudLinux Backup

There’s strength in numbers, which is why so many techies enjoy working with collaborative, open-source systems like Linux. Bouncing a good idea between several people can usually improve it more quickly than if one person had to refine it on their own.

The same can be true for a company that’s looking to enhance its offering. Sometimes getting to the next level means developing an alliance that will allow the company to leapfrog what they otherwise would have had to spend time and resources developing independently.

Recently, CloudLinux found it was ready to take another big step to improve its offerings and determined that the right partner could add even more value. Let’s take a look.

GlobeImposter ransomware

On December 26, 2017, the Necurs botnet delivered a late Christmas gift – the new version of GlobeImposter ransomware. Attached to spam messages as zip archives, the zip archive contains a JavaScript that downloads and installs ransomware on a victim’s computer.

Backup before updating software

The ancient Greeks once warned about “the cure being worse than the disease.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happened when Microsoft released its patches for the Meltdown-Spectre vulnerabilities.

Microsoft’s fix is bricking some computers, proving once again that creating a backup before installing any system update is critical.

Spectre and Meltdown

New security research has been made public revealing the Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) and Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715) vulnerabilities in modern processors. These vulnerabilities allow programs to break the isolation between applications, which means malicious applications could access the memory of another program running on the same machine. (For a detailed attack description, please visit https://spectreattack.com/ or https://meltdownattack.com/.)

It is important to note that these vulnerabilities can only be exploited locally, meaning a malicious actor must be able to run code on the system in order to exploit these vulnerabilities.

Ransomware Trends 2018

Ransomware continues to threaten anyone using a Windows, macOS, or Android device, and individuals and business owners alike are paying ransoms because they don’t adequately protect their systems.

While anti-ransomware solutions are available for devices like laptops, PCs and mobile phones, other Internet of Things (IoT) devices remain at risk. Our 2018 Ransomware Forecast looks at what threats we may soon face.

Acronis GDPR


The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is coming into effect on May 25, 2018 presents a great opportunity for Acronis value-added resellers (VARs) to offer GDPR-compliant products to companies and organizations affected by the new regulation.

As described in earlier essays on this blog, GDPR is designed to regulate the processing of personal data of European Union residents irrespective of whether the company handling that data is based in Europe or not. If a business captures any personal data in the process of offering goods or services to EU residents, including tracking their browsing behavior with website cookies, it will have to observe these new GDPR regulations.

New Year Resolutions

If your New Year’s Resolutions list includes “reduce stress,” “make smart investments” and “over-deliver,” you’re not alone. Dreaming big at the beginning of the year is easy to do. Certainly those who look to the previous year for key lessons to learn from are probably at an advantage.