Ransomware crooks hit Synology NAS devices with brute-force password attacks

Liam Tung reports:

Taiwan-headquartered storage vendor Synology is warning users to strengthen the passwords to their network attached storage (NAS) after several devices — capable of storing terabytes of data — were encrypted by ransomware.

NAS units used by home and small-business users are a juicy target for ransomware attackers, who know they’re packed with valuable data, including backups of primary systems. In 2014, ransomware crooks hit thousands of Synology Diskstation devices by exploiting a flaw in the company’s Linux-based DiskStation Manager that users hadn’t patched. The attackers demanded 0.06 Bitcoin, then worth around $350, to regain access to files.

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