QNAP tells NAS users to update firmware to avoid new type of ransomware

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Taiwanese hardware vendor QNAP urged customers last week to update the firmware and apps installed on their network-attached storage (NAS) devices to avoid infections with a new strain of ransomware named AgeLocker.

The ransomware has been active since June this year when it first began making victims.

It was named AgeLocker for its use of the Actually Good Encryption (AGE) algorithm to encrypt files. The AGE encryption algorithm is considered cryptographically secure, which means encrypted files can’t be recovered without paying the ransom demand.

Techniques like brute-forcing the encryption key or identifying weaknesses in the encryption scheme are not reliable against AGE.

The impossibility of recovering encrypted files without paying the ransom demand is why users should take care to secure QNAP NAS devices.

Last week, QNAP said it identified two sources of how AgeLocker gains access to QNAP devices. The first is the QNAP device firmware

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