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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.

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.

 

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.  

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!

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.

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.

The Story That I'm Almost Too Embarrassed to Share

Ransomware Example

One weekday not that long ago, things started out as a normal morning at work. Coffee, morning music, checking email and getting into the daily routine... until our phones suddenly started ringing off the hook and our email started blowing up. It happened quickly and all at once. Our Quality and Engineering departments were getting Windows error dialog boxes when trying to open Excel files from our shared network drives. It took a minute to figure out what was happening, but we soon noticed that many of the files on our shared drives had been renamed. We also noticed that besides not being able to open files, there were some new readme files in our shared folders. Reviewing the readme files and doing a quick Google search revealed that we'd been hit with ransomware.

Acronis Backup 12.5 Is Here!

Acronis Backup 12.5

Data protection is never going to be the same with the latest release of Acronis Backup 12.5 — the world’s most innovative backup solution suitable for companies of all sizes. It comes in two editions: Standard and Advanced, with an easy in-place upgrade. It means you can start small with a few physical, virtual, or cloud systems, and then easily scale out to protect your entire business on-premises, remote location, in private and public clouds, and even mobile devices. Best of all, with a unified touch-friendly web-based console you won’t spend much time or effort to protect small or large environments.