The destructive virus founded few days back, Gauss has hit the headlines worldwide as the malware has been spying on banking transactions, social networking, and email passwords of users. The main focus of Gauss virus was aimed to steal access credentials to Lebanese banks. Recently discovered by Kaspersky Lab, now the researchers at the security firms have found out tools that can help us detect Gauss early. Let’s take a look at these tools to avoid being a victim of this virus.
Gauss virus is a piece of malware whose main focus is to steal bank account login details of users. The banks that this virus attacked include the Bank of Beirut, BlomBank, EBLF, ByblosBank, Credit Libanais, and FransaBank. Not only that, this malware can also steal information for Citibank and PayPal.
If you think this is it, don’t underestimate this virus as it can also grab users’ browser history, cookies, passwords, system configurations and more.
Researchers at security firms, Kaspersky Lab and Crysys Labhave could not get much information about the builders themselves due to the shutdown of the command and control servers, which also left Gauss in midpoint. It could take days or months to unravel and find the builders.
Gauss is believed to be a descendant of a number of high-profile viruses such as Stuxnet, which got fame after the attack on nuclear plants in Iran in 2010, and Duqu, its sister malware. Gauss virus is also related to the recently recognized Flame, which has been a known as a major advancement in cyberespionage.
Closely together in relation, Gauss and Flame have almost same features. Both the viruses were built off of the same code base. Kaspersky says creators of Stuxnet virus possibly worked closely with those of Gauss and may have even shared source code.
As per Kaspersky, the most easy and reliable way to determine Gauss virus is to download and install the security company’s anti-virus solution or use the Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool, which can be downloaded free of cost.
However, there is also a quick way to detect Gauss on computer, in case download is not available for some reason. The entire system can be checked using a webpage from CrySyS, which comes from a Hungarian research lab. The lab also has a web-based method to help you check system for Palida Narrow.