A new strain of Malware has been identified by security researchers which are known as ‘Fireball’. The malware is been designed to get control over victims browser to change the default search engine.
After WannaCry, India Hit By New ‘Fireball’ Malware!
The world has just faced a huge ransomware attack. Wannacry Ransomware attack already hit companies across the world. Well, the Wannacry attack is one of the biggest ransomware attacks of its kind.
Security researchers are still busy developing fixes for the Wannacry ransomware. A security researcher who goes by the name Benjamin Delpy has created a tool which can unlock the locked computer.
Now it looks like a new strain of Malware has been identified by security researchers which are known as ‘Fireball’. The malware is been designed to get control over victims browser to change the default search engine.
According to the reports from Check Point, by changing the default search engine the evil-minded person can track their web traffic on behalf of the Beijing-based digital marketing firm called Rafotech.
The security firm Check Point also mentioned that the malware has the ability to run any malicious code on victim’s computer to download new malicious files
Maya Horowitz, head of Check Point Research team said “A quarter-billion computers could very easily become victims of real malware. It installs a backdoor into all these computers that can be very, very easily exploited in the hands of the Chinese people behind this campaign”
“But only a fraction of those victims, around 5.5 million PCs, are in the US. Far worse hit are countries like India and Brazil, with close to 25 million infected machines each,
The worst part of Fireball is that it acts as an adware which has a legit digital certificate. It can spread itself through popular adware technique known as ‘Bundling’
The Fireball can be installed on the computer along with the software. However, the easiest way to check if your system is infected with Fireball malware is to check whether the default search engine is changed or not.
It can be also removed from computers by uninstalling the Adware from Programs and Features in Windows control Panel. Several Anti-malware programs could also fix the issue.
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