WannaCry

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.

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.

Ransomware protection

The WannaCry attack in May highlighted the threat that ransomware poses to computer users around the world. Yet months before it happened, Acronis introduced a technology that kept countless customers safe during the historic attack.

As part of Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation, Acronis Active Protection™ protects your data against the threat of ransomware by identifying, isolating and defeating malicious code based on behavior patterns before it has a chance to cripple your computer.

WannaCry Ransomware

As we already covered, May 12 marked the start of the WannaCry ransomware worm attack (also known as WCry and WanaCrypt0r 2.0) that crippled more than 200,000 Windows machines around the globe. Initiated on Friday, just before the weekend, the attack hit victims on a massive scale, affecting a wide range of organizations, including telecoms, transport companies, government law enforcements and hospitals.  The global zero-day ransomware epidemic WannaCry attacked systems in more than 150 countries, making it the first ransomware epidemic of its kind.

Weekly Tech Roundup — May 16

WannaCry

As you probably already know, a massive cyberattack hit countries across the globe. Tens of thousands of ransomware attacks flooded IT systems around the world Friday, and these attacks continued to spread throughout the weekend. As of Tuesday morning, this WannaCry ransomware had spread to 150 countries and hundreds of thousands of computers.

WannaCry

The massive worldwide wave of ransomware attacks of May 12, 2017, instantly turned a once relatively obscure malware threat into screaming headline news and an urgent security concern for global leaders. The so-called WannaCry variant of ransomware, weaponized into deadly virulence with an exploit stolen from the USA’s National Security Agency, exploded through 99 countries, bringing down hospitals in the UK and telecoms operations in Spain. If the threat of ransomware wasn’t on your radar yesterday, it is today. And if you are scrambling for answers, Acronis already offers the single best defense against ransomware attacks, including WannaCry: Acronis Backup 12.5 with Active Protection™, which proactively exterminates ransomware and automatically, instantly restores any damaged data.