According to Kaspersky Lab virus Gauss can recover saved passwords on web browsers and other data, collect information about system configurations, steal the necessary references to bank payments and read access to the identifiers social networks, mailboxes and instant messaging services.
Kaspersky Lab, a leading information security, announced Thursday the discovery of a new virus Spy can monitor bank transactions, emails and social networks. Gauss, this new virus, might also be able to attack critical infrastructure.
This virus spy, able to monitor banking transactions, was discovered in the Middle East. It could come from the same laboratory as Stuxnet on suspicion of attacking Iran’s nuclear program.“Having seen Stuxnet, where you can admire and Flame, we can say almost certainly that Gauss comes from the same factory, or the same plants,” says Kaspersky Lab.
Still according to Kaspersky Lab, Gauss can recover saved passwords in web browsers and other data, collect data on system configurations, steal the necessary references to bank payments and read the IDs of access to social networks, to mailboxes and instant messaging services.Schouwenberg, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said a Gauss modules, called Godel, could be equipped with a homing device similar to that found in Stuxnet. According to him, Godel would be a cyber-weapon, but its developers have so well encrypted that its real purpose Kaspersky Lab has yet to discover all the code, which could take years.