Massive ransomware attack

A massive ransomware attack spread across the globe today, locking up thousands of hospital, telecommunications, etc. in nearly 70 countries. The attack used data from the NSA to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and deliver the WanaCrypt0r ransomware. The demand for recover your data is for $300 per PC.

Backup, backup, backup… as this is always the best way to keep the peace of mind!!!

While the ransomware was first detected wreaking havoc in emergency rooms and doctors’ offices here in the UK, the infection quickly spread worldwide, including to the US,Germany, Spain…

We’re alerting you to reassure you that if you’re currently using the premium version of an antivirus with real-time protection turned on, you are protected from this threat.  Internet shield usually blocks the ransomware before it can encrypt your files.

The free version of an antivirus, however, does not protect you against it.

If you’re not currently using the paid / full version of an antivirus, we recommend that you update your Microsoft Windows software immediately. Microsoft released a patch for this vulnerability in March, but many users haven’t updated, leaving their computers open to this attack.

Don’t pay hackers, pay for antivirus software, backups, antispam and all the security but avoid to pay ransoms.  Chose your IT support company carefully, and make sure they do all required updates and give you best advice.

Here at Backup Data, we pledge to keep you protected. Your peace of mind is our number one priority. Contact us now 01223 240088.

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Spammers using Facebook Messenger to Spread Ransomware

If you came across any Facebook Message with an image file send by any of your Facebook friends, just avoid clicking it.

An ongoing Facebook spam campaign is spreading malware downloader among Facebook users by taking advantage of innocent-looking image file to infect computers.

If clicked, the file would eventually infect your PC with the nasty Ransomware, a family of malware that has quickly become one of the favorite tools among criminals due to its infecting capabilities.

Like a typical way to deliver malware infection, the site would push a popup, asking you to download and install a certain codec extension in Google Chrome in order to view the video. The malicious extension used two names, Ubo and One.

Ransomware is malware that locks your computer or encrypts your files. You can’t get the data back unless you pay a ransom, and even if you do, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get your data back.

After this sort of infection the only way to roll back in time is to restore your backups.

Article of Swati Khandelwal at http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/locky-ransomware-facebook.html

More about in Locky: the encryptor taking the world by storm – https://securelist.com/blog/research/74398/locky-the-encryptor-taking-the-world-by-storm/

 

Asigra Wins Silver in the Backup and Disaster Recovery category in the Storage Magazine 2015 Products of the Year Awards

We’re proud to announce that Asigra has been named the Silver winner of the Storage Magazine 2015 Products of the Year awards. Asigra won the award for its proprietary backup and recovery solution, Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13, based on a range of data protection capabilities including Docker Container support and AWS EBS Snapshot Manager.

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Both Docker and AWS are highly popular computing platforms that are emerging as credible storage platforms for business information and Asigra is one of the first enterprise software vendors to add support for these platforms.

Asigra was praised by judges for being early to market with the new capabilities. One judge noted that in addition to being “very inexpensive,” the Asigra Cloud Backup software is unique in its automatic protection of Docker containers and its ability to manage AWS EBS snapshots.

This is the third year in a row where Asigra Cloud Backup™ has placed in the top three positions for the Storage Magazine Product of the Year award amongst a high caliber of the world’s top data protection solutions. Backup with Asiga: http://www.backup-data.net/index.php/data-backup/pricing

Windows 10; backup before… restore later… or just backup before you f*** up.

Friday 31 of July 2015, very slow day, no support calls well maybe some. About noon I was so bored that I decided to install Windows 10, especially that my colleague downloaded ISO (Installation CD) file.

Without too long hesitation I decided to upgrade my main laptop to Windows 10.  I should say that my laptop is quite fast machine: Intel i7, 8GB of RAM, 500GB SSD.

I started the upgrade process and everything was sweet, about 90% into installation, I went to a bank, I was really bored, and watching the blue installation screen of Windows did not help.  When I got back to the office after about 30min, I saw the login screen, hurrah! Finally I could log in. Login in into Active Directory for the first time on  freshly upgraded operating system is always time consuming process,  I was patient, it took about 10 to 15min and I saw my desktop icons, uh…

The only problem was that my keyboard and mouse did not work,  ok, I took the laptop of my docking station, screen got blank… ok lets put it back then. Connected it back to the docking station, yuppie! I could see my icons, hold on, keyboard and mouse still do not work,.

I decided to wait, maybe there is file migration going on or something, well there could be at least some message, the disk activity LED did not do anything. After about 30min, I started pressing buttons, nothing…

Rebooted it. Login screen again, again long waiting to see anything… no icons, no data, after about 2 hours of searching and checking installation logs, I was ready to restore my data. Thankfully I have very good backup!!! Restored it, then restarted the laptop, the data vanished again, no desktop icons, no Documents, grr… at that point I begun to look into creating new Active Domain user, after few more hours during weekend I knew that Windows 10 downloaded form Microsoft servers, installed on Volume License version of Windows 7 did not worked… called Microsoft, after about 1hour on the phone I had enough.

Started restore image of my previous Windows 7 Pro, after about 1 hour everything was just like it was on Friday before I made the terrible decision to install Windows 10.

Maybe I did something wrong, I don’t know, I wasn’t able to learn anything from Microsoft Support.

Conclusion: BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!!!

I just lost few hours, or I just gained another experience. But because I backup  my files regularly , settings, PC image etc. (The backup software does it for me)  I was able to restore everything to previous state.

For all of you who are installing Windows 10 we will provide our backup solutions for half price!

Huntingdon Business Fair 2015

A big thank you to Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce for another Huntingdon Business Fair which was held at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester. Whether on the business side or the agency side, it was a wonderful networking and educational event.
Our team met great people who were also interested in data protection, and everyone seemed to agree on one thing: even with big experience in business, there are still so many new things to learn and be refreshed on. No matter what level or how many years of experience you have, you can always benefit from attending this annual conference. Great exhibits and incredible experience!