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Meet the ‘Gauss’ Virus, Stuxnet and Flame’s New Cousin

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Alex Fitzpatrick

Aug 09, 2012

virus-malware-death-skull-600A latest virus capable of snooping on bank transactions and theft of sensitive data such as browser passwords, cookies and network info has been exposed corrupting Windows computers in Middle East.

Called “Gauss,” the virus was devised to steal data from numerous key Lebanese banks as well as users of CitiBank and PayPal, sending the stolen information back to its still-unknown author.

Gauss is very similar to Flame precisely because the two share so much of the same code. Flame and the new virus have “similar architectural platforms, module structures, code bases and means of data recovery services Ventura communication with command & control (C&C) servers,” according to Kaspersky. However, Gauss can infect USB drives in a “more intelligent” fashion, storing collected information in a hidden file on removable drives.

Kaspersky thinks Gauss was likely fabricated in the same “factory or factories” as Flame and Stuxnet, both of which also besieged Windows computers in and around the Middle East. However, neither Lebanon nor banking systems were previously considered a target — Flame and Stuxnet were reported to be products of a secret joint American-Israeli effort targeting Iranian nuclear facilities.

Gauss’ exact method of infection, along with some other details about the virus, is not yet known. However, By Kaspersky’s estimation, Gauss has already infected tens of thousands of computers — less than Stuxnet, but more than Flame.

Kaspersky has been tracking Gauss since June, when it was discovered as part of a United Nations-backed effort to reduce the global impact of cyber weapons. It was likely released into the wild in September of last year

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