Stuxnet, Flame…Gauss: New spy virus found in Middle East

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Kaspersky Lab has found a new Trojan virus which has been spying on hundreds of users in the Middle East (image from http://www.securelist.com)
Kaspersky Lab has found a new Trojan virus which has been spying on hundreds of users in the Middle East (image from http://www.securelist.com)

A new virus dubbed Gauss has attacked computers in the Middle East spying on financial transactions, emails and picking passwords to all kind of pages. The virus resembles Stuxnet and Flame malware which was used to target Iran, Kaspersky Lab says.

Gauss has infected hundreds of personal computers across the Middle East – most of them in Lebanon, but also in Israel and Palestinian territories. Kaspersky Lab has classified the virus, named after one of its major components, as “a cyber-espionage toolkit”.

The malicious malware spies on transactions in banking systems and steals passwords and credentials to social networks, emails and instant messaging accounts. It can also collect system configurations.

Though Gauss seems to be specifically designed for several Lebanese online banking systems, it can also go after Citibank and PayPal users.

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