At the height of the CryptoLocker ransomware plague, security companies Fox-IT and FireEye have teamed up to offer unwitting victims a way out of their predicament without paying any ransom. With DecryptCryptoLocker, these users can send a sample encrypted file and receive a private decryption key, as well a program that can then decrypt all of their affected files. All for free!
NAS-maker Synology has spoken up on the recent "ransomware" attack on its network drives, advising owners to upgrade to avoid the risk of their files being nefariously encrypted and then be extorted afterwards. The exploit used by SynoLocker was patched back in December 2013, Synology says today, but relied on owners actually updating the firmware of their drives to apply the fix. That means it's bad news if you've already been hit by the ransomware.
Synology's NAS drives are really getting popular. You can gauge that by the fact that it now has its own specific Cryptolocker strain. This ransomware encrypts data on the user's drive with a key that only the perpetrator knows, who then tries to extort money from the poor unsuspecting user in exchange for getting access to his or her own files.
Synology seems to have an endless train of NAS boxes, each designed to address different use cases and market segments. This latest model, the Disk Station DS415play, is no different. Building up on the DS214play unveiled last year, this NAS boasts of 4 drive bays that will ensure that your videos, music, and photos are well accommodated for streaming and sharing with friends and family, whether it be locally or over the Internet.
Synology's compact four-drive NAS has had an upgrade, with the DS414slim keeping the 2.5-inch HDD support of its DS411slim predecessor, but boosting speed and connectivity. Intended for home users and small offices, the DS414slim now has a pair of gigabit ethernet ports for dual LAN failover and Link Aggregation for what Synology claims are read speeds of over 110.91 MB/s, and write rates of over 54.53 MB/s.
Synology has announced a new upgrade for its entry-level "j" series of network attached storage devices. The upgraded product is the DS414j and it is the first of the NAS devices in the range to get a dual-core processor. It's also the first in the "j" range to get a USB 3.0 port for faster connectivity.
In late January, we mentioned that Synology was waiting for Google to give the approval on an app that would support streaming from the DiskStation using Chromecast, thought the feature was live in the DSM 5.0 beta. We were more than a little excited at the prospect of being able to stream content from the DiskStation storage devices to the TV. If you were excited at the thought of that, the DSM 5.0 update is available and out of beta now.
Synology is adding Google Chromecast support to its range of network-attached drives, allowing photo, audio, and video saved on the shared storage to be streamed to a TV. The feature, freshly enabled in the DSM 5.0 beta, will turn a phone or tablet into a remote control for playback of content stored on a Synology DiskStation, though right now the NAS company is still waiting on Google for the final go-ahead.
Synology has introduced three new NAS units, each of which features its own design and specifications while sharing similarities and elements. All three models -- the DS114, the DS214, and the DS414 -- have been launched today, with the DS114 and the DS414 in particular having global shipping starting today. We've a gallery and all the details after the jump.