Enterprises around the world are still recovering from the enormous “WannaCry” malware attack, and there is yet another malware attack that has revealed to be infecting the systems. Yes, Check Point, a security firm, has informed of a new outburst that has already affected 250 million computers globally with India amongst the worst-hit countries.
As per the research team of Check Point, the Fireball can take over the infected computer’s browser and has the potential to run any code on them. This consists of the capability to download any file, other malware, and web traffic of the affected PC so as to increase ad income for websites by the firm responsible for its spread. The malware has been developed by Rafotech, which is a huge Beijing-based digital marketing agency. The malware seizes the browser of the victim and changes the default search engine, be it Yahoo or Google, with a bogus one.
Following this, all the queries to the default browser are redirected to the fake ones, which then track the web usage of the victim so as to gather personal data. Check Point notifies Fireball to be a severe one, and what makes it hazardous is it potential to run any malicious code on the affected machines. As per the stats of the security firm, 25.3 Million computers in India are infected, 24.1 Million in Brazil, and 16.1 Million in Mexico. There are 5.5 Million infections in the United States. Thus, India is the worst-hit country by the Fireball malware.
The administrators of the new malware enable them to turn their reluctant ad-revenue making public into a botnet or to collect credentials, and other personal information altogether. The malware is being bundled along with other programs & applications, and as mentioned by the report, usual users can not uninstall this type of malware. The firm also mentioned that the malware is being installed together with well-known freeware products such as FVP Imageviewer, Soso Desktop, and others.
So, all we can suggest for now is just clean and scan your systems. Just uninstall if you find anything suspicious or what you do not remember of installing. Check out extensions and tools.