ASUSTOR Delivers Streamlined Complete Software Solutions for Optimized NAS Experience

October 11, 2018

MUMBAI, India – October 11, 2018 – ASUSTOR Inc. today announced that all NAS device ships with support to its latest and comprehensive software solutions out of the box for enhanced NAS experience. The latest additions to this are Surveillance center 2.8 & NAKIVO Backup & Replication App. The company also offers ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM)1, a staunch operating system for all its NAS devices, for an intuitive, a truly personalized NAS and familiar user experience similar to most tablet device interfaces.

In the past, NAS was typically a network device that protected and ensured data security by providing storage and backup for businesses. However, due to the increasing digitization of data and the continual development of computers and mobile devices, the needs for storage are no longer just limited to just businesses,” said Ripunjoy Gogoi, Sales DirectorIndia and SAARC region at Asustor Inc..Curating on this idea, ASUSTOR was the first company to create NAS products that are designed with an App-based concept, producing a versatile, flexible and customizable storage platform that has something to offer to all types of users.”

Surveillance Center 2.8 2

Surveillance Center is a powerful add-on App on ASUSTOR NAS devices. After installing Surveillance Center from App Central, an ASUSTOR NAS can be instantly turned into a 24/7 non-stop high resolution security surveillance system. Furthermore, Surveillance Center is compatible with popular Web browsers and mobile devices, allowing users to monitor and protect their most valued assets from anywhere and at any time.



  • H.265 video encoding format video

The video compression ratio of H.265 is larger and more efficient than H.264, resulting in better use of storage space and reducing congestion. This allows users to effectively use the hard disk space and save network costs. This feature is currently only supported on Windows.

  • H.265 video transcoding

Optimize the performance of on-the-go monitoring. The powerful hardware of an ASUSTOR NAS device using Surveillance Center can resolve high resolution video using H.265 to output to an appropriate image resolution directly to a mobile device. This saves mobile resources, yet still be able to enjoy a stable and smooth picture. This feature supports Android and iOS devices.

  • Remotely enabling and disabling cameras with AiSecure

AiSecure allows users to manage the camera directly from your phone with the ability to enable or disable specific cameras, providing flexible management and protection of personal privacy when needed. This feature supports Android and iOS.

  • AiSecure now has two-way audio support

If a camera supports both built-in microphones and speakers, users can perform two-way audio communication using AiSecure, for example, a manager when monitoring employees may need to assist them by offering instructions. This feature supports Android and iOS.

We are excited to implement new upgrades to ASUSTOR NAS as they offer an immense range of add-on functionality and complete set of software solutions, allowing users to discover the unlimited possibilities of NAS devices,” Ripunjoy further added.

Virtual Machine Backup Solution2

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a fast and reliable virtual machine backup solution, supporting virtual machine data backup and restoration in VMware, Hyper-V and AWS EC2 environments. Utilizing ASUSTOR NAS in combination with NAKIVO allows virtual machines running in VMware and Hyper-V environments to have optimal data protection. NAKIVO features a variety of functions that make backups more efficient. The network acceleration function doubles the virtual machine backup, replication and recovery speeds in WAN and busy LAN networks while NAKIVO can also efficiently delete redundant files and compress data during backup in order to save storage space. In the unfortunate event that disaster recovery is needed, NAKIVO can help to restore virtual machine data in minutes, giving you access to your most critical data.

ASUSTOR provides a three year warranty for all NAS. Please contact your local distributor for further details.


  1. The NAS devices shipped might not be updated with newest ADM software. Users will be automatically directed pop-up notification if there is any firmware update via ADM or they can manually download latest software from official ASUSTOR website.
  2. Surveillance Center 2.8 and NAKIVO Backup & Replication Apps can be downloaded from App Central

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Founded in 2011, ASUSTOR Inc. was established via direct investment from ASUSTeK Computer Inc. The ASUSTOR brand name was created as a portmanteau of “ASUS” and “Storage”. ASUSTOR is a leading innovator and provider of private cloud storage (network attached storage) and video surveillance (network video recorder) solutions, also specializing in the development and integration of related firmware, hardware and applications. We are devoted to providing the world with an unparalleled user experience and the most complete set of network storage solutions possible.

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Extortion spam emails have raked in INR 1.5 Crore since August 2018: eScan

October 11, 2018

Although Bitcoin has been the most volatile in the past few years, yet this has not deterred the criminals from collecting bits from the Bitcoins. When we talk about extortion, we have seen the emergence and effectiveness of Ransomware using Bitcoins and other forms of crypto-currencies. We have also seen Crypto-Currency Miner (sic.Monero) being deployed on hacked servers/systems, so as to take advantage of the computational resources and generate crypto-currencies. However, lately, we have seen a rising trend in extortion emails, asking for Bitcoins.

These emails are in plain text format and warn the recipient of a malware being deployed on an Adult Porn Site, furthermore, in the mails, it is also explained in brief how the recipient’s, the webcam was hacked, keylogger was deployed and the login credentials were stolen. The email also explains that a video was captured while they were busy visiting the Adult Porn site and the recipient is threatened with dire consequences viz. sharing of the video with those present in the stolen address book.

Similar to Ransomware and Miner Attacks, this scam also relies on the anonymity provided by crypto-currencies. It’s a simple plain text threat, based on the premise that the recipient has visited some Porn site. The criminals have in most of the cases, successfully invoked the aspect of fear and social stigma into the psych/mind of the email recipients.

eScan’s research team has been analyzing and tracking these emails and most importantly, the Bitcoin addresses found in these mails. The Modus-Operandi of the criminals is to

  1. Create Bitcoin-Address for every Spam campaign.
  2. In case the recipient’s do pay up the extortion BTCs, the BTC is broken down and transferred to multiple Bitcoin Wallets so as to ensure that researchers find it difficult to track the transactions.
  3. The breakdown and subsequent transfer of the BTC is done a couple of times, hence at the end of third iteration we have close to 100 BTC wallets.
  4. Finally, all these wallets are consolidated and the BTCs transferred to one single wallet.

During the course of research, we came across numerous wallets with one of them (3FJDeT2E1fWb4oZBeub4MH9ennUp5e4QG6) having received around 31 BTC and were then sent to other wallets. The criminals have sometimes transferred the BTCs to Escrow Accounts / Exchanges to further anonymize/convert the BTCs into cash. At the existing exchange rate of BTC, the wallet was worth 1,49,09,139 INR and thus the Spam Campaign can be considered highly profitable and successful.

Some of the BTC addresses of the campaign:

  1. 19YayKasVoiRcjcihqmUpjVwvWB9aGyKCC
  2. 1DtBY4zD7cK35fpbNecpxSaEuEmfu9uyVG
  3. 1BmXuzjeWdoBKhsX8kJMNBFz5uJzrc2Gvc
  4. 1HRpxFdKGc7Anb7xfpQf3tmAcH6pph2ssX
  5. 1FCaw9jXhHveRyLxB54ypCpJ2CtanVoLC1
  6. 1MJcj7MdWeKR7eT7PukLG78jcRGf4opcsD

Due to the anonymity provided it is impossible to track the identity of the Wallet Owner. Since the month of August 2018, there has been steady increase in these extortion spam mails.

According to eScan researchers these mails are a part of a spam campaign and advices that recipients shouldn’t reply to these emails. However, since this campaign is in its nascent stages, there is a possibility that in near future the emails might be weaponized with the usual variants.

Prevention Measures:

  1. Ensure to not reply to these emails at all.
  2. Install and Configure eScan with all security modules active.
  3. eScan Real Time Monitoring
  4. eScan Proactive protection
  5. eScan Firewall IDS/IPS Intrusion prevention
  6. Users shouldn’t enable macros in documents.
  7. Organizations should deploy and maintain a backup solution.
  8. Most important, Organizations should implement MailScan at the Gateway Level for mail servers, to contain the spread of suspicious attachments.

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