Thursday, August 9, 2012

Virus found in Middle East that can spy on finance transactions: Kaspersky


A new cyber surveillance virus has been found in middle east that can spy on financial transactions, email and social networking activities, according to a leading computer security firm, Kaspersky lab.

Dubbed Gauss, the virus may be capable of attacking critical infrastructures and was built in the same laboratories at Stuxnet, the computer worm widely believed to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's Nuclear Program, Kaspersky lab said on Thursday.

The Moscow based firm said that it found Gauss had infected personal computers in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. It declined to speculate on who was behind the virus but said it was related to Stuxnet and two other cyber espionage tools, Flame and Duqu.

Kaspersky Lab said it called the virus Gauss because that is the name of the most important module, which implements its data stealing capabilities.


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