Ransomware

Cyberattacks continue against Zoom and Governments

New cyberattacks continue to roll in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including exploits of the most popular video conferencing service and doubling-down on the DoppelPaymer ransomware strain.

Here’s a quick recap of the latest updates to these attacks and the planned responses.

CoronaVirus ransomware and infostealer attack

At the moment, scammers are trying to cash in by sending out emails that promise pandemic relief money. The emails impersonate official entities such as the U.S. Federal Reserve or other official institutions. With subject lines like “Receive Payment” or “Relief Payment Form”, anxious users are motivated to click on a link that redirects to a phishing website, which tries to steal personal information or online banking credentials. Other email variants use these stimulus bills as bait to deliver a password protected “COVID 19 Relief.doc” document that contains a financial trojan or ransomware.

And we still see waves of classic COVID-19 themed malware threats making the rounds. One such threat example that we came across recently dropped a combination of ransomware and infostealer malware.

Cybersecurity software proven to need self-defense

At Acronis, we’ve taken the ability for security software to defend itself seriously right from the start. In 2017 and 2018, our solutions were tested for self-defense capabilities by independent labs, and their research revealed Acronis Cyber Protection Solutions delivered excellent results.

Of course, we continue to improve our technologies with every release and constantly research what we can improve in all aspects of cyber protection.

Given our mission of delivering cyber protection solutions that ensure the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) of data, in preparing for our upcoming Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud launch, we improved the self-defense capabilities even further.

Acronis CPOC analyzing the recent Ragnar Locker ransomware attack

In a move that’s becoming all too familiar, cybercriminals have encrypted the systems of Energias de Portugal (EDP), one of the largest energy sector operators. The organization faces an $11 million ransom to have these systems unlocked so that they can hope to return to normal operations.

Like all of the ransomware that have filled headlines in recent years, the Ragnar Locker ransomware strain used in this attack would have been detected and eliminated if EDP had Acronis Cyber Protection solutions deployed. Learn how our innovative AI-based cybersecurity technology can help prevent ransomware fallout like this from striking your organization.

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud Delivers 100% Detection Rate, Zero False Alarms

AV-Test, the leading security institute known for putting anti-malware solutions through their paces, recently completed its examination of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud – our new cyber protection product being released later this month, which delivers a unique integration of backup with full-stack next-generation anti-malware protection and comprehensive endpoint management tools.

The results are in from AV-Test and Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud performed tremendously well.

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. 

New email scam threatens people with coronovirus

It is a known fact that cybercriminals love to hijack global news headlines in order to spread their scams and increase their profits. Yet we've just seen this scare tactic reach a new moral low.

Attackers are now threatening to deliberately infect people with the coronavirus.

World Cyber Protection Week Survey Reveals Most IT Pros Back up Their Data – But Still Can’t Sleep at Night

As we near the end of World Cyber Protection Week – a natural (and necessary) extension of World Backup Day – we’re zero-ing in on what our 2020 survey of IT pros worldwide revealed when it comes to their experiences with data loss and protection today. We wanted to know their current thinking about and approach to keeping data and systems safe, accessible, private, authentic, and secure (SAPAS) today. And the results are revealing for our service provider partners too, shedding light on what their clients are particularly concerned with – and investing in – when it comes to protection today.

Here’s a quick look at how these pros approach data protection, what’s keeping them up at night given the current threat landscape, and what can be done so they can rest easier.

World Cyber Protection Week results for IT Pros

As the first-ever World Cyber Protection Week begins to wind down, we’re taking an in-depth look at what the results of this year’s survey mean for IT professionals around the world.

With this IT pro-focused review, you’ll learn where your peers are excelling, where they aren’t, and how you both stack up to – and can get ahead of – the pack.

Coronavirus Will Increase Cyberattacks Against Healthcare

Criminal activity spikes during times of crises as cybercriminals try to take advantage of the situation. Unfortunately, today’s situation is no exception: most concerning is the vulnerability of healthcare facilities such as hospitals, where the systems that care for patients and lab work are often linked.

Acronis believes we have a responsibility to the public, so we need to warn everyone: we foresee a further increase in ransomware attacks targeting private and government hospital systems in the coming weeks.