Data Protection

CCleaner Malware

Users of CCleaner for Windows, a maintenance and file clean-up tool developed by Avast Piriform, are being told to update their software immediately, since it’s been discovered that hackers had installed a backdoor in the official application that would allow additional malware to be added to the infected system.

The ability of cybercriminals to access user systems by adding malware into official software builds of trusted vendors is a major red flag. Protecting your data just got even more critical, so here’s what you need to know.

Backup with Ransomware Protection

Since launching Acronis Active Protection, we’re frequently asked why we developed an artificial intelligence-based technology to combat ransomware. And since announcing that it will be part of all editions of Acronis True Image 2018, we’ve heard the question more frequently.

So here’s a look at why is Acronis investing time and money to create a cutting-edge ransomware protection technology and how our AI and machine learning solution fights this ever-growing digital threat.

How to avoid ransomware attack

Given the volume of record-breaking and prominently reported breaches, it’s not surprising that 2016 was dubbed the year of the hack. Whether it was news of Yahoo’s two record-breaking hacks, state-sponsored hacking, or Dropbox and social networks being breached, hardly a week went by without news of a major security breach.

Ransomware is clearly a profitable line of work. Not surprisingly, its reach is growing, and 2017 is now being coined the year of the hacker.

Scuderia Toro Rosso

It had been three weeks before the trucks arrived in Belgium to unload their precious cargoes and once again go racing again after the long summer break. During this time, Acronis launched Acronis True Image 2018, the #1 personal backup software, and the FIA also had safety on its mind, announcing that it was to introduce the radical ‘Halo’ driver protection device for the 2018 season onwards.

Acronis Global Data Protection Survey

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, recently released the results of its Global Data Protection Survey, which revealed the need for continuous public education about the dangers of irreparable data loss.

Total eclipse August 21, 2017

A total eclipse of the sun doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it doesn’t happen every decade or even every century.

According to NASA, the opportunity to experience one where you live usually comes around once every 375 years. So the total eclipse that will be visible from a wide swath of the United States on August 21, 2017, is going to provide a cool, once-in-a-lifetime diversion for a huge part of the population.

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.  

A new ransomware variant avoided detection by being spread through a spear phishing email campaign as an obfuscated PowerShell script. Many traditional anti-malware solutions are not ready for the next generation of ransomware attacks. Acronis, however, has been very successful.