Fireball – A New Malware Threat
A new malware has cropped up on the heels of “WannaCry”. It is called “Fireball” and has been detected in more than 250 million computers and 20% of corporate networks across the globe. According to security firm, Check Point, this malware originated in China, and is believed to be “possible the largest infection operation in history.”1
What makes Fireball unique from other malware is that it is used primarily to “manipulate web traffic to generate revenue from online advertisements, transforming browsers into ‘zombies’.”2 generate fake clicks and traffic for the creator, Rafotech, a Beijing advertising firm. Check Point further warns that Fireball “serves as a ‘prominent distributor’ of more malware,”2 meaning it can cause further viruses to gain access your data and cause more harm.
How can you tell if your computer is infected? “Check by opening your web browser. Is your homepage set to the same website? Are you able to modify it? Is your default search engine the same? Check your browser’s extensions. Do they look familiar? If you answered no to any of these questions, your PC may be compromised.”2
How can you protect yourself and your organization from these threats?
- Install anti-malware software and ensure it is up-to-date.
- Conduct regular scans of your environment.
- Perform updates and patches as they are approved.
- Enhance your firewall to detect malware before it enters your environment.
These are but a few of the “Best Practices” that can be employed to safeguard your data and business. If you’re ready to protect your organization, it pays to work with a Managed IT Services/Managed Cloud Services company, like Bryley Systems, to ensure that you’re taking the right steps. Bryley will recommend solutions to eliminate weak links in your security chain, and help you develop an organization-wide policy to help prevent data loss.
Please contact us at 978.562.6077 or by email at ITExperts@Bryley.com. We’re here to help.
1 Morris, David Z. Fortune. “Chinese ‘Fireball’ Malware infects 250 Million Computers.” June 2017.
2 Channel 5 News. ”Your computer may be infected with ‘zombie’ malware that hijacks browsers.” June 2017.