MEDIA ALERT: CHECK POINT'S ZONEALARM FORCEFIELD PROTECTS PCs AGAINST THE NEW WIDESPREAD NINE BALL ATTACK
ZoneAlarm's Extreme Security virtualization technology and antivirus protection continue to shield consumers from new and sophisticated Web browser attacks
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 19, 2009 – Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced that ZoneAlarm® ForceField™ technology protects consumers against Nine Ball, a multi-layered Web browser attack targeting legitimate websites to redirect users to malicious sites owned by the attacker. Nine Ball malicious programs typically attempt to steal information from users for potential financial or identity theft use. By placing a two-way "bubble of security" around the user's browser, ZoneAlarm ForceField, also included in ZoneAlarm Extreme Security, stops Nine Ball infected sites from being able to redirect the browser to other sites, or to download malicious programs onto the consumer's PC.
Nine Ball works as users visit one of the infected websites and are sent through a chain of redirections to sites owned by the attacker, before landing on the final drive-by download site. The downloaded malware attempts to infect user's computer through a number of exploits including Adobe Reader, QuickTime, Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) and AOL SuperBuddy. The multiple redirections are designed to make tracking the attacker more difficult and occur in the background without the victim’s knowledge. The attack name "Nine Ball" refers to the name of the final landing page which is full of malicious drive-by exploits that are automatically downloaded to computers without user's consent or knowledge. Once infected, anything the victim types could be monitored and used to commit identity theft, such as stealing credit card numbers, passwords or other sensitive data.
"In the past couple of years, more and more hackers have started targeting trusted websites to distribute malware designed to steal financial or personal information. Mass-compromise attacks such as Nine Ball, Gumblar and Beladen have already infected approximately 140,000 sites collectively," said Ben Khoushy, vice president of endpoint products for Check Point. "Once again, Check Point's unique ZoneAlarm ForceField virtualized browser security solution provides the necessary protection against the continuously evolving ways hackers try to exploit legitimate websites."
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), worldwide leader in securing the Internet, is the only vendor to deliver Total Security for networks, data and endpoints, unified under a single management framework. Check Point provides customers uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to innovate with the development of the Software Blade architecture. The dynamic Software Blade architecture delivers secure, flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization or environment. Check Point customers include tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes including all Fortune 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.