Kapsersky Labs, the Russian multi-national computer security company has exposed a latest cyber hazard named as the Gauss. This cyber hazzard is aiming the users in the Middle Eastern regions. Kapsersky explains that Gauss is a complex cyber- spy toolset which is supported nationwide and designed in order to whip perceptive data. This whip or steal is carried out by means of a particular focus on the passwords of browser, account identifications of online banking, cookies, and various configurations of polluted systems.
Gauss is accorded with an amazing function of online banking Trojan, the very 1st cyber-weapon. After the sometime months after the potent Flame virus was uncovered. According to the company, this virus is likely to use the same kind of infrastructure and labs just like it was for the Stuxnet and the Flame too. There are a lot of similarities that the company found between the viruses and due to these, the toolkit was discovered.
If you want to check whether your system has been affected by Gauss or not, click here. The test is not that thorough but efficiently investigates whether a font named as Palida Narrow has been installed or not on your system. The company said that this font has been installed on to all the computers which are infected by this virus, Gauss. Some information regarding the Gauss are discussed below.
• According to analysis, Gauss started its operations in the month of September 2011.
• The discovery of Gauss took place in the month of June 2012 after the thorough analysis and research carried out on the Flame which granted with knowledge.
• This was discovered because of the strong similarities as well as correspondence between the Flame and Gauss.
• The infrastructure of Gauss was closed in the month of July 2012 just after it was discovered. At present, the virus is in an inactive state and is looking forward for the C&C servers to be activated.
• The cloud based security system of the Kaspersky Labs recorded about above 2,500 infections since May 2012 along with the estimation that the total victims of Gauss are likely to be ten lakhs. When compared with the case of the Stuxnet, this figure seems to be lower but in fact it is much higher than the number of infections in Flame and Duqu.
• Gauss whips the key information of affected systems along with browser history, cookies, passwords, and system configurations. It has the ability to steal the documentation of access for many online banking payment methods and systems.
• According to analysis of Gauss, the malware was designed in order to steal data from various Lebanese banks which include Bank of Beirut, EBLF, BlomBank, ByblosBank, FransaBank and Credit Libanais. Additionally, it aims the users of Citibank and PayPal as well.