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Ransomware Can Risk Your GDPR ComplianceWhen the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect next month, organizations that handle the personal data of any EU citizens – whether you capture it yourself or process it on behalf of another company – will have to get much more serious about protecting it. That includes building robust defenses to protect against security breaches.

Your GDPR compliance can depend on defending your EU customers’ personal data against ransomware. This Tale of Two Companies infographic explains why.

SpriteCoin Ransomware

The new SpriteCoin ransomware (also known as MoneroPay) leverages a novel social engineering technique – posing as a new cryptocurrency called SpriteCoin. It packs a one-two punch as well, combining a cryptolocker and password stealer in a single application.

The link to the SpriteCoin homepage was published on the bitcointalk.org forum and spread among users interested in new cryptocurrencies. The topic was removed when its malicious nature was revealed, but let’s take a look at the details.

Rapid Ransomware

The Rapid ransomware variant began attacking victims at the end of December 2017, according to the ID ransomware service Malwarehunterteam. This ransomware strain is interesting and unique because it keeps running even after encryption is completed, and continues encrypting files once they are created. Our team analyzed a new sample that was compiled a week ago.

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.

 

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.

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.

Acronis Independent Test Ranking


As with many products, users often choose software based on trusted media reviews and reports. Reviews that are based on tests that clearly compare products against each other can be the most insightful when trying to find the best option.

Knowing how we stack-up against the competition is helpful to Acronis as well, so we recently put ourselves in the shoes of a regular user – examining recent tests to identify which backup product stood out from the crowd.

Acronis Machine Learning

Acronis Active Protection is an advanced technology that uses sophisticated analysis to monitor and stop erratic processes on your system. If ransomware somehow manages to get through your anti-virus and starts to encrypt files, Acronis Active Protection will detect the encryption and immediately halt it – automatically restoring the files to the most recently backed up version. While performing well in independent testing and earning accolades from the media, Acronis has worked diligently to make it even better. The result is an improved version that incorporates machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.

Protect your Mac from Ransomware


In the last couple of years, which will be remembered as the years of ransomware, we saw a lot of cases where individuals and companies were hit by this nasty type of malware. But ransomware was mainly targeting their Windows operating systems. This is wrong to think, however, that cybercriminals are only interested in Windows users: Mac users are in danger too.

Locky Empire Strikes Back

Locky ransomware

Locky is one of the most widespread and active ransomware families on the malicious threats landscape. There is a new version that just appeared a couple of days ago. It’s being delivered by the Necurs botnet through SPAM emails containing Microsoft Word macros exploiting the Microsoft’s Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE). DDE is a Windows feature that handles the electronic transfer of MS Office files using shared memory and data.