cryptojacking

Cyberthreat update from Acronis CPOCs: Week of February 1, 2021

Here at Acronis, we’re always monitoring for dangers to your data, deploying updates to handle newly-discovered vulnerabilities, and issuing alerts and recommendations to help you stay protected. Our global network of Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers (CPOCs) continue to work around the clock to proactively detect and defend against the latest cyberthreats.

Part of this work includes video updates to inform you of modern hazards in the digital landscape — such as active cyberthreat campaigns and changes to the biggest botnet threats. Here’s a look at some of the most recent breaking news and analyses:

Cyberthreat update from Acronis CPOCs: Week of January 25, 2021

Here at Acronis, we’re always monitoring for dangers to your data, deploying updates to handle newly-discovered vulnerabilities, and issuing alerts and recommendations to help you stay protected. Our global network of Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers (CPOCs) continue to work around the clock to proactively detect and defend against the latest cyberthreats.

Part of this work includes video updates to inform you of modern hazards in the digital landscape — such as newly-discovered cryptojackers and severe vulnerabilities in popular software. Here’s a look at some of the most recent breaking news and analyses:

OSAMiner: The Apple cryptojacker that hid for five years

While OSAMiner has been around since 2015, and known since at least 2018, a newly discovered version of OSAMiner has remained hidden from researchers by cleverly concealing one run-only AppleScript inside of another run-only AppleScript. Run-only scripts do not contain human-readablez code and are notoriously difficult to fully decompile. Some IoCs have been able to be identified in these campaigns but a full analysis was not previously available, leaving some of the critical files in these campaigns lurking in the dark. This has changed with a couple of recently developed tools to aid in decompiling AppleScripts.

Using these tools, we can now get a better view at the internals of the files in this cryptojacking campaign, as well as a broader view of the files associated with the malware.

Cyberthreat update from Acronis CPOCs: Week of November 9, 2020

Here at Acronis, we’re always monitoring for dangers to your data, deploying updates to handle newly-discovered vulnerabilities, and issuing alerts and recommendations to help you stay protected. Our global network of Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers (CPOCs) continue to work around the clock to proactively detect and defend against the latest cyberthreats.

Part of this work includes video updates to inform you of modern hazards in the digital landscape — such as new phishing campaigns that utilize trusted service providers, and current events that have impacted data access and business continuity. Here’s a look at some of the most recent breaking news and analyses:

Coronavirus brings spike in cyberattacks

In light of the unfortunate and devastating spread of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the spike in cyberattacks in its wake – the need for cyber protection is even clearer. That need is particularly acute for the people and companies who had fallen behind in the cybersecurity race due to budget constraints or lack of attention.

Now that individuals are deeply stressed, cybercriminals are using every angle of attack, including playing on the natural fear of COVID-19 and the desperate search for information. In the last two weeks, Acronis has seen a significant increase in cryptojacking, while ransomware attacks are growing rapidly as well. 

Acronis Active Protection discovers AutoIt cryptomining campaign

The Acronis Security Team was one of the first to identify a new cryptomining campaign targeting the attrib.exe Windows process. Learn how our team detected the spike in crytomining attacks, how the AutoIt cryptomining malware works, and how Acronis Active Protection - built into Acronis cyber protection solutions - helps to keep your systems protected. 

Acronis Cyber Dragon and the basics of cyber protection

The modern world is more dependent upon data than at any time in history. That means safeguarding data – and the applications and systems that rely on data – is vital for individuals and organizations alike.

Unfortunately, traditional backup and cybersecurity solutions are no longer enough because they cannot keep up with today’s threats. The world needs modern solutions that can protect data, applications, and systems.

Acronis has been advocating a new approach called cyber protection, which combines the best of data protection with innovative approaches to cybersecurity, while incorporating technologies that ensure the privacy and authenticity of data.

Let’s explore the basics of cyber protection.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is a month dedicated to many worthy causes, including breast cancer awareness, bullying prevention, arts and humanities, and (ahem) pizza. It’s also National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Here at Acronis, every month is cybersecurity awareness month, but in the interest of promoting this worthy campaign, we’d like to note a few recent cybercrime trends and offer some best practices for protecting yourself from them.

Hurricane Dorian shows why cyber protection is vital to disaster preparedness

Faced with cyberthreats like ransomware and cryptojacking, it’s no surprise modern organizations have focused on their cybersecurity posture. Yet Hurricane Dorian shows that storms, floods, and fires still threaten a company’s digital assets just as seriously as hackers do.

Backup without cybersecurity is no longer enough. But cybersecurity without data protection isn’t enough either.

A recent IDC whitepaper revealed that cyber protection – which combines proven data protection and cutting-edge cybersecurity – provides an effective strategy against both digital and physical threats.

NioGuard Triple-A Rating Cover

Cryptojacking – or illicit cryptomining – continues to be a major headache for companies and home users, with research showing that cybercriminals made an impressive $52.7 million by mining digital coins on victims’ machines during the first half of 2019.

NioGuard Security Lab, a member of Anti-Malware Testing Standard Organization (AMTSO), researched the matter and just posted a report that examines the level of protection against cryptojacking offered by leading endpoint security providers.

The results might shock some observers because Acronis, which now defends against illicit mining in its data protection solutions, outperformed the vast majority of leading endpoint security providers.