Synology warns users over SynoLocker ransomware

Ransomware targets vendor's DiskStation Manager suite

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Synology warns users over SynoLocker ransomware Synology said that it released a patch for the vulnerability in December 2013
By  Tom Paye Published  August 7, 2014

Storage vendor Synology has urged its users to update their NAS servers running older versions of DiskStation Manager, which has recently been affected by a piece of ransomware called SynoLocker.

Like other ransomwares, SynoLocker encrypts user data and demands a fee to unlock that data. However, this piece of malware seems to be targeted specifically at Synology users running DiskStation Manager.

Synology said that it released a patch for the vulnerability in December 2013, but it was still urging customers to ensure they have updated.

According to the vendor, the ransomware is made obvious when a user attempts to log into DiskStation Manager, upon which a screen appears informing users that their data has been encrypted. Another symptoms could be abnormally high CPU usage, or running a process called ‘synosync', Synology said.

Users running older versions of DiskStation Manager could also find that the system says no updates are available as result of infection, the vendor added.

If any of the symptoms have been detected, Synology advised shutting down the system immediately and contacting technical support, though it warned that it would not be able to decrypt files that have already been encrypted.

All other were advised to download the latest update from Synology's download centre.

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