Super Nasty Viruses


I got a note yesterday about a new virus targeting QNAP storage devices. QNAP is not a popular consumer brand; they make storage devices for businesses (and aggressive amateurs). The virus is called QSNATCH. Do not be confused by the cute name. It tunnels into your network attached storage device and destroys your data. It’s not ransomware, and it’s not targeted at anyone in particular — this virus is like a biological virus — it’s just out in the wild. If it infects your drives, they die.

Other than being aware of it, the QNAP people haven’t got much to say. It’s very hard to defend against and, once infected, there’s nothing you can do.

Why should you care? First, your company may use QNAP NAS devices, and your data could be at risk. My guess is that your IT department is on top of this. Of course, you may be using cloud services or working with a startup that use QNAP devices and your project could just evaporate… but that’s always a risk.

What do you do to protect your projects? How diligent are you about backup and disaster recovery? We had a team meeting over the weekend when QSNATCH hit our radar. Our plan is in place. I hope yours is too.


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Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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