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Users Should Immediately Protect Data from Ransomware Attacks: Synology

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Synology recently found that several users were under a ransomware attack, where admins’ credentials were stolen by brute-force login attacks, and their data was encrypted as a result. Synology investigated and found that the causes of these attacks were due to dictionary attacks instead of specific system vulnerabilities. This large-scale attack was targeted at various NAS models from different vendors; therefore, Synology strongly recommends users check their network and account settings to protect data from ransomware.

“We believe this is an organized attack. After an intensive investigation into this matter, we found that the attacker used botnet addresses to hide the real source IP,” said Ken Lee, Manager of Security Incident Response Team at Synology Inc. “After collecting admin account passwords with brute-force attacks, the attack was launched on July 19 and caught users off guard. We, therefore, informed TWCERT/CC and CERT/CC immediately of this matter in hopes of accelerating the collaborative efforts to resolve this incident.”

Since this attack is not related to system security vulnerabilities, it is recommended that Synology users utilize built-in network and account management settings to enhance system security level, preventing malicious attacks from the Internet. “We urge all Synology users to take immediate action to protect their NAS from the ransomware attack,” said Hewitt Lee, Director of Product Management at Synology Inc. “Users’ data security is always our priority. For those who are not using Synology NAS, we still recommend you take corresponding actions to protect your precious data.”

Please make sure you go through the checklist below:

  • Use a complex and strong password and apply password strength rules to all users.
  • Create a new account in the administrator group and disable the system default “admin” account.
  • Enable Auto Block in Control Panel to block IP addresses with too many failed login attempts.
  • Run Security Advisor to make sure there is no weak password in the system.

“To ensure the security of your Synology NAS, we strongly recommend you enable Firewall in Control Panel and only allow public ports for services when necessary, and enable 2-step verification to prevent unauthorized login attempts. You may also want to enable Snapshot to keep your NAS immune to encryption-based ransomware,” said the company in a statement.

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Synology Launches DS1621+ 6-bay DiskStation NAS

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Synology has launched its new 6-bay DiskStation NAS, the DS1621+, designed for high-performance data storage and management. A compact powerhouse, the DS1621+ enables content creators and businesses to store and protect large quantities of data effortlessly.

The new DS1621+ delivers:

  • 76% faster sequential write performance at up to 1.1 GB/s
  • 174% higher 4KB random read performance with 110K IOPS

The DS1621+ is by far the most powerful Plus series yet. Its quad-core AMD Ryzen processor features the next-generation “Zen” architecture, delivering over 2x more processing power. “Our customers, more than ever, are relying on Synology storage solutions to store and directly utilize critical data, whether for business or personal use,” said Hewitt Lee, Director of Synology Product Management Group. “DS1621+ is designed to be a versatile solution that empowers content creators and collectors by not only providing fast, reliable, and high-capacity storage, but also simplifying IT with effortless backups for PCs and virtual machines.”

Its dual M.2 2280 slots allow NVMe SSD caching to boost performance by 20x or more for commonly accessed data. The DS1621+ also supports an optional 10GbE NIC for faster network environments and more concurrent users.

“Whether you are a content creator, IT administrator, or just someone with plenty of files to store, the DS1621+ provides 6 drive bays, with expansion up to 16 bays using expansion units for truly large file libraries. Support for ECC memory and data integrity features built into the heart of the operating system, DiskStation Manager (DSM), means your data is in good hands,” the company said.

DSM comes with a variety of backup and restoration solutions that cover the most common situations. Snapshot Replication creates schedulable point-in-time recovery points, allowing easy ways to roll-back unintended file edits or even ransomware encryption. For additional off-site protection, Synology Hyper Backup enables simple, schedulable protection to keep your data backed up to Synology NAS, Synology C2 cloud storage, and other public cloud providers.

The DS1621+ can also be used to protect data from other sources. Active Backup for Business allows centralized backup from external infrastructure such as PCs, virtual machines, and Google G Suite and Microsoft 365 SaaS. Synology NAS is more than just storage. Utilizing DSM’s application ecosystem, the possibilities for data management are endless.

Want to take back control of your data? Synology Drive transforms the DS1621+ into a private cloud, with no recurring fees. Share your files across LAN environments, multiple sites, and intelliversioning lets users jump back in time to recover older file versions. Clients are available for mobile, desktop, web and other Synology NAS, allowing you more ways to access your data.

Catalog your pictures and videos in new ways with Synology Moments. Using machine learning algorithms, facial recognition, and geotag information, Moments automatically groups photos by person, location, and subjects. Built with collaboration in mind, users can edit alone, or share photos with others, allowing them to edit together. The companion mobile app enables effortless photo and video backup from your mobile devices.

DS1621+ is available immediately from Synology resellers and partners globally, together with an option for up to a 5-years warranty.

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Synology Launches DiskStation DS1621xs+ and DiskStation DS1520+

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Synology has launched DiskStation DS1621xs+, redefining performance expectations in a compact tower form-factor. Pairing a quad-core Xeon processor together with ECC memory and onboard 10GbE, the DS1621xs+ raises the bar for high-performance data storage and management. The DS1621xs+ shares a powerful Xeon processor found in some of the company’s datacenter bound devices, but now in an 11.5L chassis.

Over 3.1 GB/s seq. read and 1.8 GB/s seq. write performance means you can tackle larger data sets and handle more users, even quicker than before. The company also paired it with ECC memory for maximum dependability. Together with Btrfs and comprehensive data backup options, your data is in safe hands.

Six internal 3.5-inches bays enable up to 96 TB of raw storage capacity. When that’s not enough, bump that up to 256 TB, on-demand, by adding on two additional DX517 expansion units for a total of 16 drives. The DS1621xs+ also includes two M.2 2280 slots for blazing-fast NVMe cache so that you can make your storage go over 20X faster without sacrificing any bays.

Finish content creation projects, big backup tasks, and anything that needs fast file transfers quicker with 10GbE, built-in. Slot in an additional 10 or 25GbE card to speed up and tackle high-resolution network rendering projects or provide even faster transfer performance for multiple virtual machines. Data management shouldn’t be difficult. Synology DSM simplifies difficult and cumbersome processes while still giving you ample control over decisions that matter.

Create your own on-premises cloud with Synology Drive and protect data located on PCs, virtual machines, SaaS, and more with Synology Active Backup suite. Synology Inc. also announced the availability of the 5-bay DS1520+ storage system, built to excel in home and small office environments. Ideal for data backup and organizing multimedia libraries, DS1520+ is a versatile and scalable option to create your own private cloud.

DS1520+ and DS1621xs+ are available today from Synology resellers and partners worldwide.

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Synology Launches the DiskStation 20+ Series

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Synology has launched a new generation of two and four-bay Plus Series NAS, designed as a centralized data management solution for both home and business environments. “Plus series is one of our most popular and versatile product lines,” said Hewitt Lee, Director of Synology Product Management Group.”The series offers an ideal mix of processing power and advanced capabilities such as containers and virtualization support, in compact and quiet desktop form factors. It is also the starting point for our advanced data protection solutions, enabling small businesses to cost-effectively deploy solutions that can protect their entire IT infrastructure.

Turbocharged experience
Up to 133% faster in website responsiveness and over 15% improvement in compute-tasks, the new Plus series enables you to get things done faster and more efficiently. Two M.2 NVMe slots enable accelerated I/O performance, especially in multi-user environments. 

Data protection for everything
Synology storage solutions are not only designed to fulfill data management requirements, but centralize backups for Microsoft Windows PCs and Servers, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V VMs, and Microsoft 365 and G Suite accounts using our Active Backup suite. 

Build your own private cloud
Access your data without boundaries, but only if you allow it. Granular access rights and customizable password and expiration policies for file sharing puts you in control of your data. Easily synchronize with remote sites for distributed work and set up data encryption for your most sensitive files.

Available today
All four devices are available for purchase today from Synology resellers and partners.

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