India among countries worst-affected by new ‘Fireball’ malware

Vastavam web: While enterprises across the globe are still recuperating from the massive “WannaCry” malware attack, security firm Check Point has warned of a new outbreak that has already infected 250 million computers worldwide with India among the worst-hit countries.

The new threat called “Fireball” is designed to hijack browsers to change the default search engine and track their web traffic on behalf of Beijing-based digital marketing firm called Rafotech, WIRED.com reported on Friday. The firm said it has found that the malware also has the ability to remotely run any code on the victim’s machine or download new malicious files.

“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,” Maya Horowitz, head of Check Point research team, was quoted as saying.