Gauss Online Banking Cyber Threat

Gauss Online Banking Cyber Threat

Gauss is a new cyber threat designed to monitor online banking accounts and our research thus far shows the majority of users affected are in the Middle East. The spread of infection is undetermined.

The Gauss Trojan is successfully detected, blocked and remediated by Kaspersky Lab’s products.

What is Gauss?

Gauss is a new cyber threat designed to monitor online banking accounts and our research thus far shows the majority of users affected are in the Middle East. The spread of infection is undetermined. Gauss steals detailed information about the infected PCs including browser history, cookies, passwords, and system configurations. It is also capable of stealing access credentials for various online banking systems and payment methods.

  • “Gauss” is a new cyber threat designed to monitor online banking accounts and targets users in the Middle East.
  • Gauss is a complex, nation-state sponsored cyber-espionage toolkit designed to steal sensitive data, with a specific focus on browser passwords, online banking account credentials, cookies, and specific configurations of infected machines.
  • Discovered by Kaspersky Lab’s experts in June 2012, the new malware’s main module was named by the unknown creators after German mathematician Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss.
  • The Kaspersky Lab discovery of Gauss was a result of knowledge gained by the in-depth analysis and research conducted on the Flame malware, of which Gauss shares strong resemblances and correlations.
  • The Gauss command & control (C&C) infrastructure was shutdown in July 2012 shortly after its discovery. Currently the malware is in a dormant state, waiting for its C&C servers to become active.
  • The investigation revealed that first incidents with Gauss date back as early as September 2011.
  • Since late May 2012, more than 2,500 infections were recorded by Kaspersky Lab’s cloud-based security system, with the estimated total number of victims of Gauss probably being in tens of thousands. This number is lower compared to the case of Stuxnet but it’s significantly higher than the number of attacks in Flame and Duqu.
  • At present time, the Gauss Trojan is successfully detected, blocked and remediated by Kaspersky Lab’s products, classified as Trojan-Spy.Win32.Gauss.

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