ransomware protection

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.

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.

Acronis for CrashPlan Customers

The announcement that Code42 Software is discontinuing its personal backup product CrashPlan Home has its customers feeling betrayed, abandoned and unsure how they will protect their data moving forward.

But the fact the announcement was made on the same day we released Acronis True Image 2018 is a sign of where those users should look next for real data protection.

Acronis True Image 2018

Today is a big day at Acronis, as we launch Acronis True Image 2018, which offers a host of new backup and recovery capabilities. It also marks the first time a personal backup product will include artificial intelligence-based technology to actively protect data against ransomware.

This combination of features makes Acronis True Image 2018 the most reliable, easiest to use and most secure personal backup and recovery software available – and we’re stoked to set a new standard in data protection for individuals, families and home office users.

Spora ransomware

Spora ransomware has been active since the beginning of this year. Typically, it is distributed through spear phishing and watering hole attacks, but the recently discovered variant spreads through the HoeflerText pop-ups on infected websites in EITest campaigns.

Even though Spora ransomware is not new, the latest modification, when it was first discovered, was only blocked by a limited number of anti-malware programs. This could be due to the fact that the new build is using the polymorphic encryptor to create new copies of itself for further spreading and extra code obfuscation. It also has a slightly changed payload.

Fight Ransomware

Whenever there’s a large-scale ransomware attack like WannaCry and EternalPetya, the number of infected computers reported by the media can be overwhelming.  It’s easy to forget there are thousands of individuals who need to rebuild their digital lives in the aftermath.  

But hearing customers talk about how Acronis saved their data is a great reminder that our solutions help real people every day. Take yesterday’s email titled “How Acronis True Image 2017 NG proved to be a lifeguard.

Petya Ransomware

The new Petya-like ransomware just served a big blow to hundreds of banks, corporations, government organizations, post offices and shopping outlets around the world, spreading like fire, taking advantage of the EternalBlue exploit used by WannaCry ransomware only a few weeks before.

Petya, Petrwrap, EternalPetya — while the world is still deciding what to call this damaging ransomware worm, let’s pull it apart and see what it’s made of.

MRG-Effitas - Acronis Test

For the second time in two weeks, an independent lab acknowledged Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation as the best backup solution, in part due to the cutting-edge feature that actively protects against ransomware — Acronis Active Protection™.

Why is an active approach to ransomware protection really necessary? Because just having a backup is no longer enough. In order to protect your data, you have to have multiple copies in multiple places, and they need to be protected against cyber-attacks. You have to be vigilant against the data-encrypting ransomware ghosts lingering just around the corner, looking for sneaky ways to chomp on your data like this is a real-world game of Pac-Man.

Best Home Backup Software

MRG Effitas tested eight popular backup solutions for ransomware protection capabilities, performance, usability, and user experience. Who has the best technology?