Acronis Active Protection

Hard Lessons from the Catastrophic Attack on VFEmail.com

Imagine yourself as a service provider who wakes up one day, pours a cup of coffee, and checks email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – only to discover a flurry of panicky messages from customers about your service being unavailable. You rush to your management console to find that nothing is working; your entire operating environment is an unresponsive black hole. Racing to your data center, you discover a faceless attacker has wiped out every bit of data you own and maintain on behalf of your customers, erasing every hard drive on the premises.

What’s worse is they have also managed to destroy your backup servers. You have no recovery options.

That’s not an imaginary worst-case scenario. That’s what happened earlier this week to VFEmail.net, a US-based provider of secure email services.

Cyber Insurance, Cyber Warfare, and Modern IT Needs

Insurance company cites act-of-war to deny ransomware damages claim

You purchased cyber insurance to protect your business, just like you bought health insurance to protect yourself and your family. However, in the same way that health insurance can deny a procedure or medication, cyber insurers may deny your claims for business disruption arising from cyberattacks. 

Security professionals talk about cybercrime as though it’s a war, an ongoing battle against malicious actors. Apparently, insurance companies now agree.

Stopping cryptomining malware

One month after the release of the Acronis True Image 2019 Cyber Protection update, we’ve already gotten some interesting findings and amazing results to share from our update to our Acronis Active Protection defensive technologies. One of the major features added as part of the Cyber Protection update was the ability to detect and stop potential cryptomining malware in Windows systems, safeguarding the machines resources, performance and potential hardware of Acronis True Image users.

While we did not expect to see a lot of detections during the initial rollout, the telemetry data collected so far – surprisingly – shows the opposite.

 

Cryptojacking - The Petty Cyber Crime Hiding a Deadly Threat

One of the fastest-growing malware threats of the past 18 months affects half of the businesses in the world, and most of them don’t know it. It’s called cryptojacking, an unintended consequence of the booming popularity of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Most victims don’t notice that they’ve been hit by cryptojacking because its adverse effects are relatively inconsequential: it just steals CPU cycles from your computer, as well as the electricity required to power it.

Getting hit by ransomware -- a similarly-pervasive and fast-growing but much more destructive malware threat -- is like a roundhouse punch to the face: your files get locked up with encryption until you pay some distant criminal hundreds or thousands of dollars for the key. Compared to ransomware, cryptojacking seems more like a mosquito bite: an annoyance, not a grave threat.

But the harsh reality is that like disease-carrying insects, some cryptojackers bring lethal friends along with them.

Acronis True Image 2019 Cyber Protection

There are few constants in the world. The sun will rise in the east. Rain will fall. Dropped toast will always land buttered-side down. And as quickly as technology advances, the threats to the data we rely on every day evolve as well.

While it is difficult to imagine every potential data loss event, since our founding 15 years ago, Acronis has gotten very good at anticipating and responding to threats so customers are always protected. Every solution Acronis offers is designed with the Five Vectors of Data Protection in mind – ensuring data is Safe, Accessible, Private, Authentic and Secure. We remember it by its acronym: SAPAS.

This week’s update for Acronis True Image 2019 is the latest addition to our SAPAS-defined protection portfolio.

 

Port of San Diego Hit by Ransomware

The bustling Port of San Diego is recovering from a ransomware attack that hit on Tuesday, September 25, striking the administrative computer systems. The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are currently on-site investigating the ransomware further. And while the Port remains open to the public and shipping traffic is unaffected, certain systems are being shut down as a precaution while Port officials develop and implement their recovery plan.

The incident marks the second cyberattack on an international port this week, as the Port of Barcelona was forced to fall back on contingency plans in response to an attack on their servers. Yet these are just two of the latest examples in a troubling epidemic of cybercrimes that target transportation, municipal, and governmental infrastructure.

AI can unlock a new level of security sought by experts

How well protected is your company’s data? If you’re like the majority of IT professionals, probably not well enough. That’s not our opinion, but rather the honest answer from 62 percent of IT professionals from around the globe who reported that their security infrastructure has gaps that would allow attackers to penetrate their defenses.

That revelation is just one of the troubling findings from the Ponemon Institute’s recent report on the modern IT security gap and how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) could help.

 

Acronis True Image 2019 is here

Acronis True Image 2019, the 15th Anniversary Edition of our personal backup solution, has just been released and for users looking for protection that keeps their data safe, accessible, private, authentic and secure, they’ll find the new release exceeds their expectations.

That’s because the Anniversary Edition of Acronis True Image 2019 is designed to go beyond traditional data protection, and instead brings a new level of cyber protection that is easy-to-use, efficient, and secure to home and home office users.

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. 

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.