Gauss is an advanced form of spyware that, due to structural similarities to such advanced PC threats as Flame and Stuxnet, has been labeled as a probable government-issued saboteur and espionage tool, rather than a common thief of personal bank accounts and other such profitable details. Although no stolen accounts have been reported from Gauss attacks, Gauss nonetheless contains features that allow Gauss to access confidential bank information, particularly for Middle Eastern victims. Potential Gauss infections should be considered especially for PC users who work with government or company-secured computers that don’t have Internet access, since SpywareRemove.com malware analysts have noted that Gauss includes a USB-based component explicitly to compromise such closed-off systems. As would be expected for such high-end malware, Gauss doesn’t show symptoms while Gauss monitors your personal information and is likely to include additional types of security-compromising attacks.
Gauss: a Potential Government Sponsorship of PC Security Assaults
Gauss is a multiple-component PC threat, similar to the Flame worm, and like Flame, Gauss also includes capabilities that allow Gauss to spread through USB flash drives. Insuring that a USB device is uninfected before allowing it to come into contact with another PC should be considered critical for containing a Gauss infection, which will undergo automatic installation (a tactic that SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found to be typical of worms) once the device is plugged in to a new computer.
Gauss’s distribution is centered Iran and neighboring regions of the Middle East, although Gauss’s information-stealing functions can target such widely-used online services as PayPal and the CitiBank website.
The Challenge in Plumbing Gauss’s Depths
As a PC threat whose primary module was named after a famous German mathematician, Gauss itself is likewise obtuse to casual inspection and uses advanced encryption techniques to conceal its payload. As a result, SpywareRemove.com malware experts are, at this time, unable to recount a full list of Gauss’s other functions, although they note that similar PC threats, such as Stuxnet, have been used for industrial sabotage efforts that can cause significant damage to infected computers.
Users of Lebanese banks should also consider themselves at risk for Gauss infections, a targeting preference that’s likely to be related to these institutions’ involvement in recent Syrian unrest. Under normal circumstances, casual PC users shouldn’t be in much danger of suffering attacks by Gauss, although SpywareRemove.com malware experts still rank Gauss as a high-level security risk that should be removed by dependable anti-malware software as required.
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Posted: August 10, 2012 | By SpywareRemove
Threat Level: 9/10
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